Friday 5 February, 2021

2 Corinthians 5:11–21

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

“God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ”. Christ has made us new. Now he wants us to tell others about being reconciled to him and made new as well. But our chief motivation needs to be the love of Christ. It is easy, if things are going well in ministry, to become proud. We need to keep a check on our hearts – look for opportunities to tell others about Jesus, but be always motivated by Christ’s love for them. Then we will be able to say with Paul “Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love urges us on”.

Dear Lord, help me to keep a check on my heart – to do things out of right motives, with a “solemn fear of the Lord”, so that I can be a true ambassador for you. Amen

Written by Megan Cornell

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