Is Jesus my motive for living?

 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?

Notes: A- Romans 8:10, 2 Corinthians 5:21; B- Galatians 5:19-21; C- Galatians 5:22-23a; D- To see definition of Cross, Heat or Rain, Fruit or Thorns click on this link  Living Jesus-centered

Henry Luke 5/15/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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3 Responses to Is Jesus my motive for living?

  1. joe carlton says:

    These are great lessons, especially if you read the notes. Thank you Henry

  2. Thank you for encouraging me. Henry

  3. Charlie T. Barbour says:

    Love It and great reminder

    Charlie T. Barbour 904.514.0524

    On Tue, May 15, 2018, 3:09 AM My Personal Journey by Henry Luke wrote:

    > henrylukeblog posted: ” 2 Corinthians 5:11-15.. 14a For the love of Christ > controls us Our motives are very important in our service in the kingdom of > God. The motive driving all of Paul’s ministry was God: 11 “the fear of the > Lord” , 13 “it is for God” and 14 “the love of Chr” >

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