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The Love of Christ Controls Us

September 4, 2018

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The Love of Christ Controls Us

We are all controlled by something,  whether it be love,  hate,  greed,  lust,  pride,  sympathy,  compassion…….       The apostle Paul realized  that his behavior  might look a bit nutty,  out of control,  and over-the-edge to some,  so he tried to explain  why  he was  the way he was  in 2 Corinthians 5:13-14,

For  if we are beside ourselves,  it is for God;  if we are  of sound mind,  it is for you.     For the love  of Christ controls us.

Paul had spoken  about all the suffering  he gladly endured  because he refused  to stop preaching.     It did not seem particularly smart  to keep on preaching,  if you’re going to get stoned,  beaten up,  and imprisoned  for it.     But,  Paul was compelled  to preach  because he fully realized  how awesome and vital  God’s love is  for each of us.

Here is God,  fulfilling prophecies  in Christ Jesus  that were made over thousands of years — suffering the depths  of agony,  humiliation,  and death  to pay  for our sins — displaying His power  over death  with Christ’s resurrection — proving His ability  to forgive all our sins  and grant us eternal life — but yet,  people don’t seem  to make the connection  that all of this is for their own personal salvation?

It’s unbelievable.     This gospel  of salvation — these truths  about God — have been preached  in every corner  of the world,  and yet,  people don’t know,  don’t understand,  think  “Jesus”  is only a curse word,  are not concerned enough  to even try  to read the Bible,  etc., etc.

With so many people headed  for eternal hell,  of course Paul was beside himself.     How could he help but be?     God’s love for all of us  is amazing,  powerful,  life changing,  faithful, humble,  eternal,  and our only hope for salvation.     And yet, the majority of people are  in some sort of  la la land,  where they just plod  through this life  as if there is no after life.   It’s crazy.     Somebody needs  to wake them up.

The  “love of Christ”  controlled all  of the disciples.     They saw Jesus die  on the cross.     They saw and felt Him  after He was resurrected  from the dead.

So,  how else should they feel?     They would have been real dunderheads  if they felt any different  than they did.     They would have been evil  to the core  if they had refused  to preach forgiveness and eternal salvation  through faith  in Jesus Christ alone.

So,  of course,  they were beside themselves.     The love of Christ  was controlling them.     When a person realizes  the difference  between heaven and hell,  salvation and damnation,  good and evil,  something needs  to be said.     They are  not nuts.     But,  they do find the truths  of God’s love  totally awesome.

Knowing how greatly  God has loved them  pushes them  to share that love  with others.     Love begets love.     “We love,  because He first loved us.”     1 John 4:19

So,  how’s your love life?

We pray,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  blessed be Your holy Name  for loving me  so faithfully,  even when I was steeped  in sin.     Let Your love control my whole being,  that I may be near You forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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