Words from the Heart for Monday October 31st, 2016
Either way, 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 Corinthians 5:14 (NLT)
Controlled by Christ’s Love
What will motivate you to obey today? What will keep you desiring to do what is right? The love of Christ! He died for you. His work has brought about a change in those who have trusted Him. He continues to work for your eternal joy. So delight in and be changed by His love!
While Canada was birthed on July 1, 1867, at the time there were portions of Canada’s present borders that were still under the control of the British. A number of colonies of British North America, such as Newfoundland and British Columbia, and large territories such as Rupert’s Land initially remained outside of the newly formed federation. Following Confederation, the Dominion of Canada itself also remained part of the British Empire and was constitutionally subject to imperial control until the enactment of the Statute of Westminster in 1931. The Statute of Westminster gave the Dominion legislative sovereignty on all matters except with regards to the constitutional laws of Canada, which remained under the legal control of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Canada’s final vestige of legal dependence on the United Kingdom was terminated in 1982 with the enactment of the Canada Act.
We are all controlled by something. It might be our appetite or our bank account or our responsibilities at home or at work. Even a hermit who lives by himself is controlled by the need to eat and sleep. Some people are controlled by more sinful passions and pastimes, and until we come into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, we are all controlled by our unredeemed nature. But the follower of Jesus is called to be controlled by something altogether different. 2 Corinthians 5:14 tells us “Either way, 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.” No longer are those of us who have trusted Christ to live according to the old nature and the old passions. Instead, we are called to be passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with others. Our desire becomes wanting to reveal to the world through our actions and attitudes that love that Jesus has for them. Our desires change from selfishly desiring what pleases us and meets our needs, to instead share the love of Jesus with others. Our focus changes from ourselves to others. As Jesus’ love controls us, others begin to notice how different we are from how we used to be. How are you controlled by Christ’s love today? And how is that being expressed towards others?
These have been words from the heart.