2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Anybody else out there have some control issues? Let’s just be real for a minute–the last 10 months have stretched the limits of even the most go-with-the-flow among us.

  • Overwhelmed by more new information than we’re able to process? Check.
  • Exhausted by a pace of change more rapid than the pace at which we’re able to adjust? Check.
  • Frustrated by those around us who just don’t seem to get it–whatever it is? Check.

The truth is that we know what it is to be beside ourselves because–among other reasons–we know what it is to try to exert control in ways that are simply beyond our grasp. But in 2 Corinthians 5, Paul points us to a better reason to be beside ourselves–for God. He reminds us that what is truly certain in our lives is the love of Christ that controls us. And that love is not changing or wearied or frustrated. It was demonstrated once and for all in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and it is revealed now in our hearts and lives because in Christ, each of us is a new creation. We have been reconciled to God through the love of Christ and are ambassadors of reconciliation to a world that needs to know that love.

So, yes, there is a lot in this world that feels out of control, much that is beyond our finite grasp, but the Christian life is not out of control. Through the finished work of Christ and the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, the love of Christ controls us, and therefore, we can view every interaction we have today through the lens of God’s love toward us. We can treat every person we encounter today with the type of grace that has been extended to us. We can filter our words through our identity as ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. For the love of Christ controls us.

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