For the love of Christ constraineth us. KJV
For Christ's love compells us. NIV
For the love of Christ controlls us. NASB
My Utmost for His Highest available on StudyLight.org: "Paul says he is gripped by the love of God, that is why he acts as he does. Men may call him mad or sober, but he does not care; there is only one thing he is living for, and that is to persuade men of the judgment seat of God, and of the love of Christ. This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life, and it will always leave the impression of the holiness and of the power of God, never of our personal holiness."
The Love of God...who can understand or fathom it? And yet, as we walk with Him, and talk with Him...we progressively experience more, see more, and understand more.The nearer we get to Jesus, the more clear He becomes.
Greater becomes the grip of the love of God on our hearts.
I have found His love most compelling in His forgiveness. Every time I fall flat on my face, every time I struggle with guilt or condemnation...I make my way back to the cross and see there His passion to restore me, to give me grace, to pick me back up, lift up my head...
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Matthew 5:3
Knowing that I am pitiful without Him, and yet He has given me His exceedingly great mercy, I am compelled by His love. Some things have to come with time...the longer I journey with Him here, the more I understand my need for Him, and the more I am gripped by His love.