A New Creation
Read 2 Corinthians 5:14–20
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 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.
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. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 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. 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.
- What does it mean to live not for yourself, but for Christ?
- What old things have passed away in your life since you have been following Jesus? What new, or unprecedented, things have come into your life now that you are following Jesus? What new things are you longing for in this season of your life?
- What do you think it means to know someone else as a new creation instead of according to the flesh?
Father, I pray that these words would sink deeply into my soul, that they would be my anthem, my reason, my way of being. I pray for Your eyes as I come to know those around me. How often I look at others with judgment and irritation, or without compassion. Whatever looks different than Christ in me, change it; I surrender to Your shaping, healing hands. In Christ, I am new and the old has passed away. Reset my heart and mind on this truth. Amen.
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