Devotionals: Fear Not!

 John 4:18 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.

I want to start this post off by first Thanking God for his Conviction. For those of you who may not know, or understand the meaning of the term; it is a rebuke by God our Father that is meant to help us to reflect on something, and to change us. It is not something that makes us feel guilty, but is God’s way of showing us that he cares. Let me provide an example.

The scripture above has come to me a few times between the last two weeks. The first week it came to me twice. I was encouraged by it, and posted it on my desk computer at work. The second week I thought, “There must be something God wants me to know. This is the third time I have received this message”. Little did I know that he was trying to teach me something. He was convicting me right where I was. What I had taken from the scripture, was not what he was trying to show me. He had another purpose.

For those of you who do not know me, I am a big fan of Love. I stem from a family of lovers, who probably say the words “I Love You” more than 15 times a day. Heck, they will even  hug you before shaking your hand when they first meet you.  We love hearts, We love affection, We love, We love, We love. So when I saw this scripture I was like "Hey, I know Love”. “ I know it very well”.

But the Love this scripture talks about is a different kind of Love, God's Love. A love that no other may provide. A love that has no wrongs or fear, a perfect love. 

As I read it over and over again to look into what God was trying to tell me, the two words that stuck out to me were Perfect and Fear. “Of course I have fears” I thought. I” don't think there is anyone who doesn’t”. But this is exactly what God was trying to convict me about. How could I say that I had  Love, When I had fear? It said right there in the scripture, that Love with fear wasn't love. The two did not fall hand in hand.

I want you to know friends, that with God there is no fear. His love is perfect, and he gives perfect peace. He wants us to cast our fears on him. To love means belief. To Love means Trust. To love means to have faith.

When you have fear or feel guilty about something, this is not God.  The Devil condemns which is why you feel scared or guilty, and can go crazy because of it.  But Jesus, Jesus convicts. This is why he is called our Lord and Savior. He is here to save you from your fears, he wants you live a prosperous life.
Jesus does not replay your wrongs over and over, but will let you acknowledge what you did wrong, to awaken you and encourage you to do better.  He forgives, and once you repent he is there to offer you a second chance. 
So when the enemy  tries to condemn you and make you worry, remember our Father in Heaven is stronger than him. He will always be there when you need him; all you have to do is pray and believe.

Be Encouraged,