Monday, October 23, 2006 3:50 a.m.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:14-15). Because Christ died for us we are to live for him, and not for ourselves. Our self is our greatest enemy. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). How true this is. “For that which I do I allow not: For what I would, that do I not: but what I hate, that do I.” (Romans 7:15). My greatest enemy is me. “…the Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41). That is why Paul says in I Corinthians 15:31, “I die daily.” We must die daily to ourselves. This is hard to do, but the love of Christ, that means His love for us, causes us to do so. He loved us enough to leave his Kingship in heaven and came to earth, and die for us so we could be reconciled unto God. Because He did this for us, we should be motivated to live for Him.
Thought for Today: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24).