The totally committed and dedicated Christian who has a large measure of the ‘love of Christ’ in his heart finds that he is compelled to share that love. It’s as if he has no choice. The amplified translation puts it this way, “for the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us”. There are many who know about the ‘love of Christ’, who can expound on it and teach about it but there are few who have embraced it and experienced it to the degree that it controls their lives. In a perverted sort of way it would be like an alcoholic that need another drink or a drug addict that needs another fix. These few Christians, many times, do not feel the urge to shout about it, in fact, often they are silent and only occasionally find it necessary to speak. Nevertheless, they carry a love that supersedes human understanding. Jesus is our ultimate example as He was silent unto death for the sins of mankind, a totally unselfish act because of the love of the Father. And others have followed! Paul said, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” The disciples were considered outcasts and most were put to death for the commitment they made to share this love. Many in the dark and middle ages also felt so compelled to share that they were persecuted by the religious establishment; men like Wycliffe who translated the Bible into English, Tyndale, Luther, Zwingli, Newton, Wesley, Whitfield, Simons, Edwards, Foxe, Spurgeon, Matthew Henry and Adam Clark. In more modern times we have George Meuller who took care of 2500 orphan children, and A. W. Tozer who as recent as 50 years ago spoke loudly about the drastic deterioration of conservative, evangelical Christianity today.

Although these names listed above are all familiar to us, perhaps, the best example are those silent ones who unselfishly shared the ‘Love of Christ’. They are the praying, faithful unknowns like the mothers of John and Charles Wesley and John Newton who wrote ‘Amazing Grace’ or the wife of George Meuller.

Where do we find ourselves in all this? Do we have any compulsion to share the ‘love of Christ’ that He has so graciously imparted to us or are we so distracted by world events that His love takes a back seat? I submit to you that those who have shared this Love, be they famous or unknown, have changed the course of history!

Could we with ink the oceans fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stock on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above,
Would drain the oceans dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Tho’ stretched from sky to sky. (The Love of God)