“Either way, Christ’s love controls us,” Paul wrote to the church in Corinth.  “Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone, so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, Who died and was raised for them. 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 NLT

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The word here translated as “controlled” carries elements of both our being pushed forward by His love at times and an also our being held back at other times. Our lives are directed by His love.

When Jesus died on the cross, He was there in my place. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” was the sentence decreed by a Holy God; and all souls had sinned. When we truly believe in Jesus, His death on the cross becomes our death. We can no longer go on living the same sinful life that put Him there in the first place.

His death on the cross in our place actually frees us from the power of sin that used to control us. In it’s place, He offers His Love as the controlling power in our lives.  He not only died in our place, but He is now alive forever more. When a man gives his life for his friend, that friend may live to honor his memory; with Jesus, we can live to honor Himself– a real living, loving, caring, holy Person. In His Love, He will teach us how to live like He does, so that we will be at home with Him forever.

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