Free From Fear
"The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18
This verse explains that if we live in fear it is because we don't know how much we are loved. We do not generally associate our fears with not knowing God's love. However fear tells us we are not convinced that God will look after us. Fear tells us we are not fully persuaded that God's ways are better than our ways. Fear tells us we believe God's protection is based on our performance. However the truth is, his love is based on his character, not our performance.
Some use this freedom to sin, thinking that their actions don't matter because God loves them anyway, but God's intention is that the knowledge of his great love will motive us to live righteously and free us from fear.
We no longer fear the future when we realize that because God loves us he will never allow anything to cross our paths that will not ultimately benefit us. We no longer fear the past when we realize that because God loves us he has forgiven us all our sins, even those committed in ignorance (Hebrews 9:7,14). We no longer fear the present when we realize that because God loves us he will enable us to face each new day. Therefore we can let go of our fears and open our hearts to receive his love. Blaise Pascal is credited with saying, "If you knew, really knew, how much God loved you, not one fear would remain in your heart".
Let us "grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18) and be set free from all our fears.
Written by Susan Barnes
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