And so we have the ability to withstand that awful day of judgement. And not just that last day when we stand before God, but the days we live in now!
The Bible is full of amazing stories about people overcoming difficulties. Joseph, Daniel, Paul, David. The list goes on. What’s the number one thing that keeps us back from doing something amazing? Yes, of course, FEAR!
We fear everything from failure to man’s opinion. From hurting someone else to hurting ourselves. We even fear how God will respond. Remember the “Parable of the Talents?” The “lazy” servant who hid his talent because he was afraid that his lord would be mad if he lost it. We do that.
“Maybe I will offend someone.” “Maybe it won’t work.” “What if it creates a bigger problem?” What ifs and maybes will destroy us. Look at what you are reading. It’s a computer. Or iPad…or whatever. These contraptions are not made with “what ifs” and “maybes.”
Failure, offense, laziness. They are all, along with many others, signs of fear. The Word of God says:
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
19 We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:17-19)
“Love has been perfected among us” means that Christ has already done the work required to live in love. And so we have the ability to withstand that awful day of judgement. And not just that last day when we stand before God, but the days we live in now!
Love removes fear. We cannot walk with Jesus and be afraid all the time of what He will do to us. Or what the world will do for being committed to Him. When a father and son have a relationship in love, the father does not spend all of his time correcting the son. The son does not spend all of his time fearful of what the father might do. Then, because of a relationship like that, the son can learn to go out and do amazing things without fear because he knows love. He has experienced it first hand from his father. He can now change the world!
Perfect love does that to us. We know that the world may not accept us. That’s okay. We can live with that. The Creator of the Universe has accepted us and that’s becomes the only acceptance we need. He will always “have our back!” That’s perfect love.
We don’t love God just because He loved us first. I know, bear with me. We love Him back because He has shown His love to us through many ways. From Creation to the Cross. To the moment we meet Him and find out Who He really is. The freedom we exist in is a result of His love. That’s when our love for Him really begins to grow. The realization of His incredible, unchangeable, incorruptible love for us causes us to love Him back. We can chase the waves instead of them chasing us!
And that’s just the beginning…