2 Corinthians 5:11-15.. 14a For the love of Christ controls us
Our motives are very important in our life in the kingdom of God. The motive driving all of Paul’s life was God: 11 “the fear of the Lord” , 13 “it is for God” and 14 “the love of Christ controls us” .
Paul said this motive should be at the center of everyone’s life: Jesus 15“died for all, so that they who live A might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
May those “who live”, that is those who have “become the righteousness of God”, A allow our lives, our thoughts, and our desires be according to the will of our merciful God who loves His children. His will for us is revealed in the Bible [2 Peter 1:3].
“no longer live for themselves” —live self-centered [living for my self–the world system, Satan and our flesh promote this, consequences–bad fruit, reap thorn filled life & deeds of the flesh B],
“but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” —live Jesus-centered [living for Jesus who died and arose again for me, consequences–reap good fruit C]
All of us have a motive for living and make a daily choice at the cross and moment by moment choices as heat or rain arrives in our life—Jesus-centered or Self-centered! D
Being honest with yourself and God, what is your true motive for living? Do you find that your motives are hard to know or are mixed? How could this passage help in knowing and directing your motives in to be Jesus-centered?
Henry Luke 5/15/2018
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