14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I am so blessed this morning. God woke me up early, before dawn, and I prepared the white cloth and the wreath of white flowers, which would now adorn the cross that I put up at the front of my house. I put on my sweater, my shoes, and trudged out to the end of the driveway. I removed the purple cloth and crown of thorns. I picked up the hammer laying at the foot of the cross, and I laid them all aside. I dressed the cross in its new colors of white and hung the wreath of white flowers. I surrounded the cross with pots of flowers and placed lilies where Jesus feet would have been the day He died. This is my precious privilege every single Easter Morning.
I couldn’t help but remember, that even as everyone else was still asleep that first Easter Morning, some other women went out to the tomb to care for Jesus. I felt so humbled and honored to be His precious child. So very much was accomplished by Jesus on that Cross. Isaiah 53 gives us the rundown, but the Scripture above is so precious to me, because at a time when I was suffering a lot, from a horrible Church Split, God gave me this verse…The Love of Christ Controls Us. I was so filled with confusion and hurt, even hate for some of the people involved, and I didn’t know what to do with it all. When Jesus gave me this verse, I looked up what controls means. The verse can read like this, The Love of Christ controls us, constrains us and compels us. God was telling me to carefully live my life in the Body of Christ with these three actions.
Let Jesus Love compel you to do what is right always, even when it’s hard, even when it requires great forgiveness towards those who have harmed me, or those I love.
Let the Love of Christ control you when you are tempted to lose it and strike out against another believer in anger.
Let the Love of Christ control every single thing you do. As much as it is possible with you, Carole, be at peace with all men.
I try always to remember these exhortations from God and His Word. I fail so very often, but His grace covers my failures and compels me to go and make things right. For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. God is forever searching me and revealing the ways that I am still living for myself. Then He gently corrects me and shows me how to live for Him who died and rose again on my behalf. It is a precious joy and privilege to be a follower of Jesus. He is who He says He is, the Son of God and Savior of the World. I rejoice as we celebrate His Resurrection today. Rejoice with me….and let the Love of Christ control, compel and constrain you, as you live your life within His Precious Body of Christ.