Day 7 - God Is Love, Do Not Fear
Wednesday, March 12 2014
Today, on the seventh day of Lent, I woke up thinking about a book. The book is called He Loves Me, and was written by Wayne Jacobsen. When I received it, I had the feeling that I had in my hands one of the most important books I could ever read. Because there is nothing more transcendent or transforming than knowing, understanding and believing in the depths of our hearts that we are eternally loved by a God whose character is Love. Wouldn’t all of our problems be resolved if we only truly comprehended and accepted the immense love that God has for each one of us?
It has been said that the expression “do not fear” in all of its variations occurs around 365 times in the Bible, supposedly one time for each day of the year. Whether or not this number is exact is not what matters. What is important is that God speaks to us about fear beginning in the first few chapters of Genesis (when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command, they felt fear for the first time in their lives and they hid – Gen. 3:10) until Revelation, the last book of the Bible (when God tells the church of Smyrna not to fear anything that they were about to suffer – Rev. 2:10). Fear is one of the most powerful negative emotions that human beings must fight in their lives. Every day, in every place, for every possible reason, for our entire lives, we human beings experience fear and by faith must fight to overcome it.
There is only one thing that can tame and conquer fear: the perfect love of God. In 1 John 4:18a we read: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” This is why it is so very important and crucial that we understand the love God has for us. Only by living in that love, that perfect love, we will see the fear that so often controls and paralyzes us driven away. In the letter Paul wrote to the Ephesians we read: “For this reason I kneel before the Father … so that … you … may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14, 18, 19)
Dear friends: do you want to be filled with all of the fullness of God? Make it your primary goal in life to know the greatness and excellence of the love God has for you. It is such a glorious love that it will always exceed all human knowledge, but it continues to be a love that we should wrestle to understand and know more and more.
The love of God is eternal (Jeremiah 31:3) – it is a love that “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres … never fails …” (1 Corinthians 13:7,8)
In Romans 8:35, Paul asks a question: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” And in Romans 8:38 and 39 he answers: “… For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Dear friends: in this season of Lent, let us pray and strive every day to better comprehend the love that God and Christ have for each one of us. Let us learn to understand, accept and live each moment increasingly more in the tender affection of our Savior and Lord.
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