Why Love Compels Me

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died”

That passage in 2 Corinthians 5 expresses much to me about why it is important to me to share Christ’s love with refugees and anyone who has suffered in life.

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But there is a backstory to it all that I rarely share.

I occasionally listen to a song from the 1990s Runaway Train by Soul Asylum. It was originally not only a hit single but also used to raise awareness about the plight of runaway youth in the U.S.

The song still resonates with me. I was one of those youth for about a year. I was the son of an alcoholic father and a mother who had mental illness. I never knew a moment of feeling safe when I was a child. My response to it all was to explode in anger one day as a teen which led to me leaving the house. I stayed with a friend’s family and crashed on couches of other friends. At times I slept on a park bench,

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Never knowing peace as a child and teen, as a young man I only cared about making money until one day I ran into the presence of Jesus. His presence was so powerful and full of love that I gave my life to him in July 1989.

Experiencing illness to the point of losing memory and losing everything in my life led me to not knowing what would happen next. God led me step by step.

Having been rescued from darkness by Jesus, my hope is to participate with Jesus to rescue others from darkness.

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When Jesus led me to reach out to refugees, I understood how they feel. I knew how it felt to not feel safe and to wonder what would happen next. That is the experience of refugees. They flee because they are not safe and they wonder what will happen next.

When I experienced the love of Jesus, it compelled me to share his love with others. As 1st John 4 says:

“We love because he first loved us”

Knowing what it is like to be forgiven of so much, to be received despite my cold heart, causes me to desire for others to experience the depths of God’s love.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

18 thoughts on “Why Love Compels Me

  1. Matthew, thank you for sharing your heart for the lost. I love that our heavenly Father has given each of us desire to bring as many as possible into love relationship with Him. For people of All ages and situations to know healing, deliverance, and peace, to name but a few of the benefits of Kingdom life. It is a privilege and a joy to be in the way with Him. Blessings ♥

  2. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the drive to love the refugees big brother. As I read your thoughts to us I’m reminded of the parable Jesus posed to Simon when He asked, “who would love more” and also the verse in Corinthians where Paul encourages us to comfort others with the comfort we have received from God…your testimony shows the scripture coming alive 🙌🏽🙏🏽🤗

  3. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s a blessing that you are able to understand the refugees and immigrants because of all you’ve gone through. God’s love shines through you. ❤️😊

  4. Very touching! Love how God can use something that once felt like our weakness to glorify Himself and point others to the cross! Thanks for sharing and for what you do!!

  5. Very true big bro. Our love for Him is expressed in not only listening to Him but how much Love we show others as well – whether they deserve it or not.

    I can’t count the number of times I have drawn strength from each discouraging day just because I heeded to “reach out to someone” in what ever way I was led to.

    God bless your heart.

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