We live in an out of control world where many are doing whatever they want in spite of its impact on others. Even in relationships there are those who are controlling; coercing others to do and live for them. That is not love, but merely selfishness. However, true love does work powerfully in relationships to prompt proper actions. This should be seen as no more true than in acknowledging what the Lord has done in love for us. (i.e. Matthew 20:28)


            As Paul noted his ministry in connection with the church at Corinth, he stated. . .


                        (14) For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; (15) and he died for all, that those who live might no longer livefor themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV)


            In acknowledging the love of Christ, we are compelled to live a new life. Having been united with the Lord in baptism, that is what we rose to do! (Romans 6:3-4) That new life was exemplified by Paul as he allowed the love of Christ to control his manner of living and interacting with others.


            Jesus died for us so that we can live life for Him! Knowing He loved us so much, how could we not? Having died to self — our own worldly aspirations and fleshly desires — may we live self-controlled lives under the control of our Lord’s love so that life remains about living for Him Who died for us!




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