Controls

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;   2 Corinthians 5:14

Please read and/or listen to 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 today. Another motivation for Paul is the Love of Christ. He says that it controls him. In essence, what he is saying is that the love of Christ leaves him no choice. The way this is worded it speaks to the love Christ has for Paul, but also for the love Paul has for Christ! The love we are to have for Christ is something that Paul had reminded the church in Corinth about (1 Corinthians 16:21) by proclaiming that if anyone has no love for the Lord, they should be accursed! This love of Christ leaves him no choice but to be about the ministry that has been entrusted to him. It compels him. He understood the depth of the Love of Christ that was displayed in his death on the cross (see Romans 5:8; also, John 15:13). This is something that is in the very heart of Paul (5:12) and it is what he hoped would be known by the Corinthians. It caused him to live selflessly, following the example of Christ. Today, consider how well you know the love of Christ—his love for you as well as yours for him. How does that control you? How does it impact the way that you see yourself communicating with others? How does it impact your view of the temporary and the eternal?