“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.’ (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NLT)
Everything that Paul and his companions did was to honor God. Not only did fear of God motivate them (5:11), but Christ’s love controlled their actions. The word for “controls” means “to hold fast.” In other words, the love of Christ was constraining them to certain courses of action. They knew that Jesus, out of his great love, had given up his life for their sakes. He had not acted out of his own self-interest, selfishly holding on to the glory of heaven that he already possessed (Philippians 2:6). Instead, Jesus had willingly “died for everyone.” Because Christ died for us, we also are dead to our old lives. Like Paul, we should no longer live to please ourselves; we should spend our lives pleasing Christ.
Remember, I speak from a humbling experience. I wonder how much of the world realizes that Jesus died for each and every one of us and that He gave His life for us. Have you ever taken the time to really think about and ponder on that?
Let me paint a picture: Jesus was crucified, nails through his hands and feet as well as being whipped. Can you imagine that pain and torture? I remember getting cuts when I was still at school. To think that is nothing compared to what Jesus went through makes me that much more appreciative. Look at the below re-enactment of what His body would have looked like. He endured all of this for us and then gave His life in the end.
That’s why we can never be separated from Christ’s Love. All that is left is for us to accept and embrace His love and then you will never be the same again. Born again to live eternally. What is vitally important is to realize that we are raised from our previous life. So, in effect, raised from the dead.
For a couple of weeks I have been talking about principles, wisdom, grace and blessings. Accept Christ salvation and all this is for you.
Pray this with me.
“God, I thank You for your Son Jesus, that He died for my sins. I accept Jesus as my Savior. Please forgive my sins and be part of my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”