Love’s Irresistible Compulsion.


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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Today’s Readings: Mark 5:21-43; 1 Cor. 9:13-27;
Ps. 83; Judges 4-5.

It wasn’t long after I met my wife, that I knew I loved her. It was certainly
before she knew she loved me. But as soon as it was clear in my own mind, as
soon as I was willing to fully admit to myself that my heart yearned for her and
delighted in her with the exquisite pain of love – something happened. Inside of
me, there was an overwhelming, utterly captivating compulsion to make it
known. First, to her. And then, to anyone who would give me 10 seconds to tell
them how I felt. The need to declare it was palpable and if I can borrow
respectfully from Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 9: “woe unto me” if I failed to declare
it. Now it is something of this very sort which lies behind the Apostle’s words
here. When he says: “For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for
boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the
gospel!” (vs. 16) we are not to imagine his words to imply some sort of
distasteful compulsion. Heaven forbid! This is nothing less than an explanation
of what he means in verse 21 when he says the reason he needs no external
law, is due to the fact he is bound by the “Law of Christ”, or the law of love.
Indeed, this HOW the Law gets fulfilled in the Believer. We do not love so as to
obey the law, we are filled with love and that compels us so that the law is
fulfilled by default. Oh that we might know the Father’s love for us in Christ so –
and be so utterly consumed then with a responsive love to Him and others, that
we might say with Paul “woe unto me if I preach not the Gospel.” I MUST, I
MUST declare His love for me, and mine for Him! Nothing can stop me! “I am
my Beloved’s and He is mine!” (Song of Songs 6:3). This alone can drive a man
to “become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (vs.
22b). Not as a tactic or a contrivance, but out of the overflow of the love of
God “poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”, (Rom. 5:5). May we take hold
of Heaven in prayer until each of us can say the very same with Paul. Oh Holy
Spirit, fill us with your love!

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