[No fear in love]
It always frustrates me that I can’t teach trust. I figure that if a person could just trust God, then they could get past the fear, and in a sense that makes sense, but I think I’ve had it backwards. It’s not a matter of learning to trust God, but rather a matter of getting to know Him. Because that fear that holds you back is really just a huge misunderstanding of who you believe God to be; a misunderstanding, that with knowing God, and being perfected in His love (Trained) will dispel. It’s more of an unlearning or a relearning, than a learning.
So how do you get to know God? Step one will always be seeking Him and repentance. If you look up the word seek you will find the definition to be:
- Lacking, yet not found.
- To search for someone or something.
- To try to find some one or something
- To ask for
(As well as…)
- To try to get or achieve.
And these are all very apt descriptions. To seek God is a pursuing of Him. As for repentance, it’s described as:
Sincere remorse or regret.
When we come to God, and ask for forgiveness He is quick to forgive. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
There is a false belief that you have to be perfect to come to God, so in fear there is a tendency to avoid Him. As 1 John 4:8 states this is because fear has to do with punishment. And so we are given to hiding or running from God.
Ironically (or not so much, knowing my God…) The words of the song currently playing as I write these last words are: “You’ll never out run my love…”
These words are a huge comfort to me, knowing that those who are currently on the run, or those who may know someone who is, can trust God with this.
As for you who believe that you have to be perfect to come to God, there is absolutely no truth in that. Jesus death on the cross took care of that. He payed the penalty for our sins. In your repentance, God wipes the slate clean. It’s a brand new start. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8“
“This is what the Lord says: “Come now, let us reason together,” (settle the matter) says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are crimson they shall be like wool.”” Isaiah 1:18
His abounding mercy and grace is offered BEFORE we even take that step of repentance. What His mercy and grace means for us is wide open arms just waiting to receive us with His unfailing love.
Perfection is God’s domain, not ours. He does the precision work on our hearts and in our lives AS we draw near to Him.
You truly are only just one step away. If you haven’t heard the song ‘One Step Away’ by Casting Crowns, I encourage you to do so, may it encourage your heart… And lead you into, or as the case may be, BACK into, His open arms.
“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.”
1 John 4:18