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Perfect Love
9/14/2012

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35, 38-39 NKJV).

There are many people who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ, and yet they fear God’s judgment upon their lives.  According to God’s Word, this shouldn’t be.  The Apostle John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1John 4:18). 

The fear spoken of in this verse is not referring to the “reverence” or “respect” of God—these should always remain utmost in our hearts, and they should actually deepen as we experience God’s love in our lives.  As we continually experience and think upon His amazing grace, mercy, and love He is continually showering us with, we will desire to be even more obedient to His commands, and it will remove any fear we may have of judgment. 

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17 (NKJV)

It is a wonderful truth to behold—The Father treats His children in the same way He does His Son Jesus.  And, we are told we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 3:21-22; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9). 

Q:         So how should this impact our thinking?

We must remember, love and fear are incompatible—they cannot coexist.  If we are professing Christ, but fearing His return then something is amiss.  We should be abiding in our Heavenly Father’s love and embracing His Grace and the truth of His Word— knowing as we do this we will be without fear.  We should be joyously looking forward to seeing our Lord face-to-face (2 Tim. 4:8). 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  No matter what takes place in this world, it will never nullify the power of God’s love, nor separate us from it.  If we experience fear in any portion of our lives, we are denying His love and we are failing to trust Him. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Roman’s 8:35, 38-39, what can we learn about God’s love for His Children?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking forward to Jesus’ return?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to be confident in seeing Jesus face-to-face, as we continue to abide in Him and His will for our lives (John 15:1-10).

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us Your truth so we can be confident and live in fear.  Thank You for dying upon the cross Jesus for our sins.  Help us to never forget this great gift or become jaded so we would write a blank check upon Your amazing grace.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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