Posted On March 20, 2015

Joe Thorn – Christ's Love and Obedience

by | Mar 20, 2015 | Biblical Worldview, Uncategorized

His Love

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

2 Corinthians 5:14–15

You can see the love of God most clearly in Jesus Christ. In Jesus you see perfect love: undeserved, unrestrained, and unrelenting. It was his love that secured your salvation, and it is his love that moves you to action. Have you forgotten this love?

The love of Jesus for his people was of the highest order (John 15:13). He laid down his life for his friends—unworthy sinners who needed redemption. By his loving and sacrificial death you are rescued from sin and hell and a powerless life of futility. Do you see it? Christ died so that you might live! Those for whom Jesus has died are empowered to live for him instead of for themselves.

This is important because even though your heart and mind work like idol factories and you are prone to wander, you can, by God’s grace, live for the glory of your Savior. The driving force behind it is the love of Jesus. It compels you. It is what will motivate you. Do you find yourself spiritually lethargic? Bored in the faith? Weak in doing what God calls you to do? Then return to the work of Jesus, to the demonstration of his divine love, and you will find that you can’t help but be moved.

To be moved by the love of Jesus is not the arousing of sentimentality. It doesn’t mean you merely feel something in your heart. It means that your heart and will are bound together in joy and love, producing gospel obedience (Rom. 1:5). His love influences, leads, and controls. Perhaps the simplest reason your faith is small, your love is weak, and your obedience is sparse is because you have lost sight of the love of Jesus for you.

You don’t fade in your love for Christ without first forgetting his love for you (Rev. 2:4). Do not lose sight of Christ’s sacrificial affection for you. It is what saved you and what will sustain you, and it will strengthen you to live for him.

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