CONTROLLED BY CHRIST’S LOVE

Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5:11-21

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake, died and was raised.” (II Corinthians 5:14,15)

“For the love of Christ controls us.” How I wish this was true all the time for me; but it isn’t. Too often it is self-love that controls me; I love myself more than I love Jesus. When this is the case, I become selfish and self-serving. But is doesn’t have to be this way, for the love of Christ is always available to me. However, I must be willing to change the seat of the affections of my heart. I must love Jesus more than I love myself..

How can I do this? The answer is found in our passage — “because we have concluded this: that one has died for all and therefore all have died.” When we reflect upon the extent of Jesus’ love for us, how could we not love Him more than we love ourselves? Jesus freely gave Himself for us. He voluntarily paid the penalty of the holy wrath of God in our place. Picture Him on the cross, suffering in agony, bearing the wrath and justice of God in our place. Hear Him cry out, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” He did that for us. Remember Jesus’ words — “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down His life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Once we begin to grasp how much Jesus loves us, we will respond in love to Him. We will allow His love to control us. His love is unconditional, sacrificial and unending. When we are controlled by the love of Christ, we will no longer live for ourselves, but for Him who for our sake died and was raised.

Lord Jesus, I cannot comprehend how great Your love for me is. I know that You love me immensely. Thank You for loving me and making Your love available to me. Enable me to be controlled by Your love today, so that I will no longer live for myself, but for You who died and was raised.

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