“Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. ” 2 Cor. 5:14
Heavenly Father, how fully can this happen in this life? Not merely humbled or grateful, but compelled and controlled by the love of Jesus. It’s hard to imagine a freer, more satisfying; not pain-free, but peace-full way to live.
By your Holy Spirit, continue to convince us Jesus loves us as much as the Scriptures say both of you love us. We are riddled with unbelief. We have chronic Gospel-forgetfulness. We foolishly think we deserve or need more than Jesus’ love.
We tend to “Yes, but” the riches of grace. “Yes, I know I’m forgiven, clothed in Jesus’ righteous, have God as my Father, and heavenly citizenship but…” “But, I can’t forgive myself.” “But, why can’t life be easier?” “But, does God like me?”
“But, I want a happy marriage… respectful children… no cancer… more money… my candidate to win… people to appreciate me.” Father, may our “Yes!” to the love of Jesus grow louder and more real. And may our “but’s” be fewer and fewer.
Make Jesus’s love so compelling to us, we’ll gladly live for him—in our known disappointments, many blessings, unknown future, and things we can’t control. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ lovely and loving name.