For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 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.
Where we look for control shows where we have placed our identity. If we want Christ to be supreme in our identity, the love of Christ must control our lives. This happens when we internalize and meditate upon the truths of the gospel.
Notice that Paul made a simple statement—“the love of Christ controls us”—then followed this statement with a summary statement of the gospel. Because Christ died and rose again, He is supreme and we owe everything to Him—including control over our lives. Those who have believed the gospel have given up control over their lives and have handed it back to Christ (Luke 9:23; Gal. 2:20).
This becomes evident when we do the hard work of internalizing the gospel. We remember the simple message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We remember that we do not have to control the world around us because our death-conquering Almighty God controls everything. We remember that nothing in all of creation can separate us from Him. We remember that there is nothing that we can do or not do to make Him love us less. We remember that He is perfectly pleased with us, despite knowing everything about us. We remember that the gospel has made us into a new creation, and it can do the same for everyone we meet.
Surely, you can think of other thoughts like these. These gospel implications help us realize that we cannot control everything around us, and that’s perfectly okay. When the love of God expressed in the gospel is always on our minds, we don’t need to control anything
- What thoughts do you have about the gospel today? How is it helping you understand the depth of love God has for you?
- How will you let those thoughts change your actions?
- Praise God for the gospel of Jesus Christ.