As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9 (NIV)
Love is my main meditation for the year. I thought the Lord placed this on my heart because He wanted to reveal His great love for me on a deeper level. Although this is true, there has also been a revealing of me. While unveiling His love layer by layer, the Lord is drawing me into the unfamiliar. As I respond to the Father’s love, it causes me to reassess my life and look at it through the eyes of His love.
The familiar is my security blanket. The familiar is a sure thing. I can count on the familiar; no surprises there. Although there is a longing deep within that wants to do more, that wants to experience more; I resigned myself to the familiar. Like so many, it has been fear that has kept my feet firmly stuck in the space of the familiar. Afraid to step into the unknown, I have played it safe.
However, when the Father began to reveal His unfailing love for me, one of the scriptures I began to meditate on was 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” Through this scripture, I realized that I could not very well claim that I believe/receive the Father’s perfect love if I continued living with fear. The remaining portion of 1 John 4:18 states, “The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” In John 15:9, Jesus tells us to “remain in my love.” Another translation reads “live within my love,” (TLB). If I live within His love, there is no fear in His love. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
1 John 4:18, in the NIV translation states, “perfect love drives out fear.” As I continue to mediate on the love and goodness of God, what I described earlier as His drawing me into the unfamiliar is truly His immersing me in His love and driving fear out. Understanding the protection and provision His love affords me has produced more trust and dependence on His love. To say the least, I am no longer comfortable continuing my familiar life.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not, I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
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