“To live is Christ” is to constantly sorrow and constantly rejoice. This kind of living in both columns at once is only possible in Christ.
“To live is Christ” is made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit and the unending flow of Christ’s indwelling love, joy, and peace. The love, joy, and peace that surround our hearts when we trust that Jesus Christ has done it all in our place. The love, joy, and peace that propel our hearts forward into a decaying, broken, and sorrow filled world. And the love, joy, and peace that will tear down every wall of separation in the world when we allow him to fill the house with his presence.
“To live is Christ” means God himself is our joy and pleasure. Not his “blessings” for good behavior. But his presence by his grace. The indwelling presence of God in Christ as our path of life. This is far more than just avoiding death. This is abundant life. This is forever Love.
“To live is Christ” has brought us into the joy of the Lord. Yes, weep over your sin, this is right and good. But then rejoice over your Savior, for he rejoices over you.
“To live is Christ” means we are justified by God’s grace. Which in turn means we have peace with God, access into grace, the hope of glory, and even joy in suffering.
“To live is Christ” is made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the giver of Christ’s peace, love, and joy to all who are in Christ by faith.