For the Love of God
1 John 4:18 (AMP)
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].
I have struggled with fear my whole life. Fear of failure. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of not living up to someone else standards. On and on. I understand now that a lot of this has derived from the experiences of my childhood. After a year of therapy, I’ve learned that fear is a feeling, and our feelings are not to be trusted.
I know that God has given me love, power and a sound mind in lieu of fear (2 Tim 1:7), so why do I not exercise what he’s given me? How do we over come fear with love, power and a sound mind?
In 2002, Bob Goff started an international not-for-profit called Love Does. The organization fights for freedom and human rights, works to improve educational opportunities, and aims to help those in need of a voice in Uganda, India and Somalia.
Right now if someone told me I could meet anyone in the world, I would probably say Bob Goff. He is an absolutely fascinating individual. He is the author of the New York Times Best-Selling Book Love Does, of which he gave away 100% of the proceeds from the book. I’ve listened to the audio book, twice through and it has amazed me each time. It’s intention is to encourage people to “live a lifestyle that fiercely seeks out ways of showing love.”
In my recent study of 1 John 4:7-16, it was a great reminder that love is an action, not a feeling. God is love. Verse 10 in The Message Version of this passage states:
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him.
God showed love by DOING. And since we are made in his image, we must learn to love by doing and not feeling. I’ve concluded that if I’m living in fear, I have not experienced the fullness of God’s love. Every time I fear, I am underestimating the power of God inside me. If he’s given me LOVE to fight fear, I cannot sit back and wait for someone to love me- I have to go out and DO LOVE to experience the fullness of his power. If God DID something for the love of his people, why would we think we do not have to DO for God’s people?
James 1:22-25 (NLT)
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in the mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
I have to set my intentions on doing! Bob says “Love doesn’t just think about it, Love doesn’t just plan it, LOVE DOES IT.”
We overcome with by the power of God by DOING love, because that’s what God did for us. Love FIGHTS for freedom. In my case, freedom from failure and insecurity.
Satan tells us that we should not DO, because we might fail. We should not LOVE because we may not be loved back. But we know that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and when he makes us FEEL some type of way, remember those feelings cannot be trusted. Instead, overcome by doing something for someone else.
PURSUE by doing, for the love of God.
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