2 Corinthians 5:14a - Christian Motivation!

The love we have for Christ is what motivates us. 2 Cor 5:14a

The love of Christ in the heart is what is needed. Self is in
need of being crucified. When self is submerged in Christ, true love
springs forth spontaneously. It is not an emotion or an impulse, but a
decision of a sanctified will. It consists not in feeling, but in the
transformation of the whole heart, soul, and character, which is dead to self
and alive unto God. Our Lord and Saviour asks us to give ourselves
to Him. Surrendering self to God is all He requires, giving
ourselves to Him to be employed as He sees fit. Until we come to this
point of surrender, we shall not work happily, usefully, or
successfully anywhere.  6BC1100,1

Jesus has purchased us at an infinite sacrifice. All our
capabilities and our influence are indeed our Saviour's, and should be
dedicated to His service. By doing this we show our gratitude that we have
been ransomed from the slavery of sin by the precious blood of
Christ. Our Saviour is ever working for us. He has ascended on high and
pleads in behalf of the purchase of His blood. He pleads before His
Father the agonies of the crucifixion. He raises His wounded hands and
intercedes for His church, that they may be kept from falling under
temptation.  If our perceptions could be quickened to take in this wonderful
work of our Saviour for our salvation, love, deep and ardent, would
burn in our hearts.  3T396-7

"The love of Christ," said Paul, "constraineth us." 2
Corinthians 5:14. This was the actuating principle of his conduct; it was
his motive power. If ever his ardor in the path of duty flagged for
a moment, one glance at the cross caused him to gird up anew the
loins of his mind and press forward in the way of self-denial. In his
labors for his brethren he relied much upon the manifestation of
infinite love in the sacrifice of Christ, with its subduing, constraining
How earnest, how touching, his appeal: "Ye know the grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He
became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich." 2 Corinthians
8:9. You know the height from which He stooped, the depth of
humiliation to which He descended. His feet entered upon the path of
sacrifice and turned not aside until He had given His life. There was no
rest for Him between the throne in heaven and the cross. His love for
man led Him to welcome every indignity and suffer every abuse.....
Paul was deeply anxious that the humiliation of Christ should be
seen and realized. He was convinced that if men could be led to
consider the amazing sacrifice made by the Majesty of heaven, selfishness
would be banished from their hearts. The apostle lingers over point
after point, that we may in some measure comprehend the wonderful
condescension of the Saviour in behalf of sinners. He directs the mind first
to the position which Christ occupied in heaven in the bosom of His
Father; he reveals Him afterward as laying aside His glory, voluntarily
subjecting Himself to the humbling conditions of man's life, assuming the
responsibilities of a servant, and becoming obedient unto death, and that the
most ignominious and revolting, the most agonizing--the death of the
cross. Can we contemplate this wonderful manifestation of the love of
God without gratitude and love...  MH500-2