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.
Sure, we believe Christ died for us. We are believers and followers of Him. But what about us? Are we living as the new person we became when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior? Or are we still hanging around with the same crowd, going to the same places, watching the same stuff on television, listening to the same type of music, and the list goes on.
Jesus promised He would send the Holy Spirit to live in us. And He is our guarantee that we have been saved and are going to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. He lives in us and wants to live through us. Are we allowing Him to do that? Are we His hands and his mouth?
Our fleshly desires do not all change the moment we ask Jesus to come into our heart. We are changed on the inside because our spirit and Holy Spirit are now one. But our old man is still in our lives. We have to allow He who is in us change us.
Do we still sin by putting things of this world before God? On the inside we do not want to. We want to do everything as pleasing to our Father God. But our old man does not want to change everything. We know better, but the pull of the things we were comfortable with is strong. We must resist the devil and he will flee. We must resist the pull of the old and walk in the new man Jesus' saving grace has allowed us to become.