So, kiss a little longer

Kissing Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys lud...

Kissing Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An article on Yahoo! gives six ways that kissing is good for you:

  1. Your pearly whites stay cleaner
  2. Keep a younger looking face as you age
  3. A revved up metabolism
  4. Your immune system gets a healthy boost
  5. Improved mood and decreased stress levels overall
  6. A natural source of pain relief

In a totally unrelated strain of thought – I was at a youth retreat with 37 of our high school and middle school kids and five (very brave) adults from our church last weekend.  The theme was “Compelled,” based on 2nd Corinthians 5:14-15:

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (NIV)

Believe it or not, things the Apostle Paul did weren’t always what he wanted to do.  I don’t suppose he looked forward to being in prison, being shipwrecked or being chased out of town by an angry mob. But that’s the impression we tend to have. We tend to think that he was a religious nut whom God could use because his propensity towards fanaticism matched up well with the heavy calling that the Almighty had for him.

That’s why the word compels is significant.  Dictionary.com defines it as: to force or drive, especially to a course of action.

As great as these benefits of kissing are, it’s not like we need them as an excuse to kiss. Are you actually gonna kiss more now that somebody says it’s good for you?  However, living your life with integrity, purpose and effectiveness for Jesus Christ is a different story.

Paul lets the Corinthian know that the only way he can do the things he’s been called to is through outside motivation. The love of Jesus Christ is the deciding factor. In fact, other versions translate the word as controls. That’s the power that the love of Christ has over Paul, but only because he lets it.

If the Spirit of God is urging you some direction and you are resisting, you may need to be compelled. If you’re not controlled by the far-reaching, sacrificial love of your Savior – who died for all so that all could die to the impulses of this world – it must be because you’re not paying attention. Or, you’ve become numb to it out of a lack of participation in it.

Don’t let his love for you become a story of the past. Get involved in your Christian community and give of yourself to others in need so that you can experience his love. That will compel you to even greater things.

And, by all means, keep kissing your sweetheart.

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