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Ambassador | 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Day 1: Christ's love controls us.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15
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.

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Did you know that if you follow Jesus, Christ’s love controls you? His love for you, and for other people, is the most important news you’ll hear today.

If you’ve been withholding grace from someone, including yourself, rest in Christ’s love for yourself and for others today. Remember this: he died so that everyone could receive a new life, even those you disagree with, don’t easily get along with, or have to work a little harder to love.

Let Christ’s love control you today.

Day 2: A new life has begun.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17
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!

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Do you have a story you’ve told yourself about who you are, or who you will always be, based on your past sin, mistakes, or failures, or on a narrative that no longer fits with the person you’re now becoming?

You aren’t who you used to be. Today, lay aside the old story you’ve been telling yourself about yourself. You belong to Christ, and because of his death and resurrection, you are forever free. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.

Day 3: Reconciling all things.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19
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.

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As a Christ follower, we’re called to be reconcilers in every space we go—putting back together the things that are broken and torn apart.

For most of us, the people who are hurting and broken are all around us in the everyday moments of our lives: in our neighborhoods, offices, and in our homes. People are not the enemy; sin is the enemy.

Today, ask God to give you the eyes to see people like he sees them. Who is he calling you to love in the name of Jesus?

Day 4: You are Christ's ambassadors.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21
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.

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Today, remember this: everywhere you go, you speak for Christ.

Ask Jesus to be with you as you interact with people on his behalf throughout the day, and for him to give you his perspective of how he sees everyone you encounter instead of your own.

Day 5: Continue his work.

Philippians 1:6
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

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No matter what you’re going through or what circumstances seem hopeless, remember this: we are made for Heaven. Heaven is our aim.

Ask God today to give you an eternal perspective of whatever you do today, and for the endurance to continue the good work he began in you from the time you first believed.