2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – What Controls You?
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. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV)
When you wake up every morning, what is the first thing you think of? When you make a decision, what is the motivating factor? These are both important questions we should be asking ourselves. The Apostle Paul tells us what the answer should be if we are Christians, that “the love of Christ controls us”. This “love of Christ” is not a vague notion, but can be present in two ways. First, it is that we understand the love Christ had for us through his death. Second, it is that our understanding of his love brings us to love him, and then our love of Jesus controls us. It can be a struggle though, to envision what this love looks like. Often when we hear the word love, we think of silly notes, bouquets of flowers, or even “puppy-dog” eyes for someone. But when we only think of love in this manner, we do it a great disservice. Especially considering we don’t always have intense emotions or feelings directed toward Jesus. Paul’s words today should help use to realize that this love is not simply a feeling for someone, but action that stems from our “abiding” in his love (John 15:9). Read John 15 today and meditate on two themes: what Jesus does, and who Jesus is. Remember, we don’t just love him because he saved us, we love him because he’s worthy.