14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
The word “compels” occurs only here and in Philippians 1:23. The idea is Christ’s love for the team constrained them for service. Christ’s love produced motivation for the believer to do something. His self-sacrificing love governed how the team ministered. It controlled their priorities.
Christ’s love for the believer is our primary motivation for serving Him.
The primary motivation for serving the Lord and winning others to Christ is His love for the Christian. His love for us motivates us to sacrifice our time and treasure for Him. He loved us out of His pure grace. We did not earn His love, but He gave it anyway. This kind of compulsion is no emotional jag. What Christ did for us has us in His grip.