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Lent Devotionals: Monday, April 10

2 Corinthians 5:14-21, CEB

 
14 The love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: one died for the sake of all; therefore, all died. 15 He died for the sake of all so that those who are alive should live not for themselves but for the one who died for them and was raised. 16 So then, from this point on we won’t recognize people by human standards. Even though we used to know Christ by human standards, that isn’t how we know him now. 17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!18 All of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 In other words, God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, by not counting people’s sins against them. He has trusted us with this message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors who represent Christ. God is negotiating with you through us. We beg you as Christ’s representatives, “Be reconciled to God!” 21 God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God.
 

Meditation

“I believe this is truly one of the greatest God-inspired writings.  This passage gives us a look at the Great Commandment and Great Commission all in one revelatory passage.  And since the apostle Paul was placed on assignment by the resurrected Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, to compel the Gentiles to Himself, I do not know of any other place in the New Testament Scriptures that best reveals a summation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles with the same intensity as we see in Second Corinthians 5:14-21 and 6:1.
How sobering it became for me to know how our Sovereign prevails in His calling and His leading by His Spirit; He has led me out of darkness and into His marvelous light.”
(Cheryl Chew, “Make Me Your Choice: Compelling Personal Stories of Struggle and Healing”)

Prayer:  O God, Eternal King and Father of all mercies, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the light of your love; to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom.
Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that we may do your will with cheerfulness during the day, and when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ, our risen and reigning Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages.  Amen!