S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
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. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.
And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:14–21 NLT
How does “Christ’s love” control you?
In what ways do you see Jesus differently than you did in the past?
How are you participating in God’s plan to reconcile the world to himself through Jesus?
Some people have to repent and turn to God from being purposefully sinful. Others have to repent and turn to God humbly from a lifestyle of trying to be a good person—with the associated pride and self-sufficiency that causes many “religious” people to reject the power of Jesus in their lives. How are you continuing to pursue humility and admit your need for Jesus?
Lord, thank you for clothing me with Jesus’ righteousness because I could not provide any goodness on my own. Help me to humbly love others and participate in your grand and loving plan of reconciling the world to yourself through Jesus’ blood!