love of Christ controls us,
that one died
for all, therefore all died;
and He died
so that they
who live might no longer live for themselves,
but for Him
who died and rose again on their behalf."
The words bring me up
short as I question, does the love of Christ actually control me? If only
I could determine that were the case. But my selfish will, my sinful self keeps
rearing its head, straining against any restraint that would lead me to green
pastures. Certain that I know better how to make myself happy, I resist His
leading. I forget His great love. There is no other excuse. I forget His great
love. Love that bore my sins, and yours, on a cruel cross He did not
If we truly remembered His love for us, if we
understood the full extent of His gift to us, would our response not be
different? Would His love not control us, causing us to live for Him who died
If we believed how great His love is for us
then perhaps we would echo the words of Galatians 2:20, which says, "I
have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ
lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
He loved ME. He loves YOU - - His
love is so extravagant that He gave His very life in our place.
It was our sin that was hung on that cross,
that caused His intense suffering.
was our sin.
It was His love.
Shouldn't our lives be different then? They
can be, if we remember His great love, and respond in kind. That we might, like
Him, no longer live for our self. He set everything aside for you and I. He set
aside His rightful position as God to enter a painful humanity, because of His
love. Oh that we would remember. Oh that we would comprehend the depth, the
height, the completeness of His great love. And be changed! No longer
living for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose again on our behalf...
Controlled by His Great Love.
Father, forgive us for the
way we forget of the love that died for us. Forgive us for not allowing that
love to control us. Thank You for the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Who hung
on that cross in our place. By Your Spirit, please, control us as He bears His
fruit of love within us, and have Your way in our lives, I ask in Jesus' name,
the name above all other names because He won the victory over sin and death,
out of love for us. Amen.