Every once in a while some section in one of Paul's letter is just fat with good stuff.
Just read & absorb this...
2 Corinthians 5
we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to
God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this,
12 Are we commending ourselves to you again?
are giving you a reason to be proud of us,
so you can answer those who
brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere
13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God.
And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.
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.
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.
we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.
time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view.
differently we know him now!
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.
The old life is gone;
a new life has begun!
all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through
And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
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
20 So we are Christ's ambassadors;
God is making his appeal through us.
We speak for Christ when we plead,
"Come back to God!"
21 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.