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06/21/2012

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Perfect Love, Not Fear


"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. We love because he first loved us" (1 Jn.4:18-19).

Over the years, many moms would strike fear into their children with the line, "just wait until your father gets home." The Sword of Damocles is now hanging over the child's head as he or she await what would be meted out by dad. As Christians, we should approach God's throne not under the duress of impending punishment. God is not mad at us, but rather is the ultimate provider of mercy and grace as a pathway to righteousness. Through His Word, we find that there is nothing we can do to earn God's love because he loved us first... Lets remember this...It is not us in pursuit of God, but Him coming after us. In perfect love, we find that God is not interested in punishing His children, but rather disciplining them. Unfortunately, we connote discipline with punishment, but they are very different. Rather than "just wait until your father gets home", it ought to be, "we'll discuss this with dad when he gets home." In true discipline, there is guidance and instruction. Through His Word, God teaches us the right way, and then blesses us along the way...When people make the decision to fall in love with God, it is about learning to know Him and not fear Him. People will honor Him with their behavior because they love and respect Him. When hearts are opened through the knowledge of God, we will live by faith with the understanding that there is no danger or fear...Just perfect love...

Have a wonderful day....Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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