Words & Music by Elton M. Roth, 1891-1951

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
II Corinthians 5:14 & 15

When I stand before the throne, dressed in beauty not my own;
When I see Thee as Thou art, love Thee with unceasing heart;
Then, LORD, shall I fully know--not till then--how much I owe.
~Author Unknown~

We all need a strong compelling force to move us through life. Without this force we become stagnant. We can be driven by many different motives--wealth, power, prestige. The apostle Paul's compulsion was an intense awareness of Christ's atoning love for man and the responsibility he felt to share this truth with others. The apostle was so gripped by Christ that he counted his own life as nothing in the light of that love (Acts 20:24). Paul abandoned all ambitions as he sought to be a worthy follower of Christ and proclaimer of His divine love.

Who can do anything other than love Christ after personally experiencing His divine love through salvation? Our love relationship with Christ will be demonstrated by our obedience to Him and the doing of His will for our lives (John 15:10). This obedience is not motivated by a desire for reward or a fear of punishment. It is simply a response of love for all that our Lord has done for us and for what He means in our daily lives.

The author and composer of this gospel hymn, Elton M. Roth, was a traveling music evangelist for a time. Later he taught music in various Bible schools. Mr. Roth published many anthems and over 100 hymns, including the popular "In My Heart There Rings a Melody".

Down from His splendor in glory He came,
Into a world of woe;
Took on Himself all my guilt and my shame,
Why should He love me so?

I am unworthy to take of His grace,
Wonderful grace so free;
Yes, Jesus suffered and died in my place,
Een for a soul like me.

He is the fairest of thousands to me,
His love is sweet and true;
Wonderful beauty in Him I now see,
More than I ever knew.

How can I help but love Him,
When He loved me so?
How can I help but love Him,
When He loved me so?

*For Today*: Jeremiah 31:2 & 3; II Corinthians 5:14; I Peter 1:8; I John 4:19

Pray that God will let your life overflow with His love and joy. Begin with your family, and go on from there to your "Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth"!

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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