MADE PERFECT THROUGH LOVE
“Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.”
Harry Emerson Fosdick
1 John 4:18 (NIV)
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Fear rules the hearts of many people. I have my moments of fear. Of this, I will not deny! However, by trusting God with our hearts we will find that our faith deepens and grows even richer. A trust in God will equip us to be bold and stout hearted.
Fear imprisons. It causes even the most mature saints to hesitate in doing the requests of God. Fear will paralyze and rob us of our confidence found in Christ Jesus. It causes us to doubt and will dishearten. Never will it encourage or heal. Fear is a powerful weapon the enemy uses in attacks against the children of God.
The Word of God tells us that the greatest gift of all is love. It is a weapon we can yield against the enemy and it is more powerful than fear or hate. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. With love we can wipe out fear by trusting a trustworthy Savior.
When we have decided to trust God and believe that His love is stronger than our fears, we will start living a might and victorious life for Him. We will be amazed with the boldness we possess and the fearless way we pursue His purpose for our lives.
Let us strive to cast aside our fears and live a fuller life by trusting in the love of Christ. This means that the problems we struggle with today need to be laid once again at the feet of Jesus. In fact, we should be casting all of our cares before the throne of God on a daily basis.
Go ahead and tell your heavenly Father that you are afraid and that you are worried. He will then tell you to “be anxious about nothing” but through prayer and supplication continue making prayer requests concerning your fears and troubles. This is when the Father will send you the peace that transcends all understanding. However, you must have a thankful heart when making your petitions.
Be thankful you have a mediator who is there for you both day and night. Thankfulness that with the love of Christ you can conquer your fears and therefore bless your Creator. Our trust must be in Him and not in our circumstances. By trusting God we will experience freedom from fear. Yes, surely the Lord has made a way for us to be delivered from fear. It is through the practice of reading and meditating on His Word that we can resist the enemy and all of his schemes.
Fear has no place in the active and mature life of a believer. The minute it creeps into our thoughts or causes hesitation in doing what God has requested, it is time to confess our lack of trust in His saving grace. By this confession fear will run away and the enemy will feel a good kick in the pants.
1 Corinthians 13:7-8a (NIV)
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
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