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Understanding Perfect Love
5/19/2014

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NKJV)

It is amazing how a change in our health can promote all kinds of fear within us.  Unhealthy thoughts can begin to pop into our head and it can be tormenting to us.  All too often, we are tormented by the thought of our physical lives coming to an end, even though we know this is something awaiting all of us.  We are told about this very thing in 1 John 4:18. 

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. 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)

This type of fear that John is speaking of in this verse is not reverence or respect type of fear for God, it is the panic, a fright, and the terror associated with the potential loss of something—even our very lives.  When we are faced with this fear, it is important to remember, and to think upon how much God loves us, and how we will forever remain in His love.  Whatever may happen to us in our earthly body, it will never separate us from God’s love for us, as His beloved children. 

Our fear is simply our failure to trust Him completely.  After all, our earthly passing is not the end—it is just the transition in our coming into His presence and spending eternity with Him. By truly understanding this, we, like Paul, can say, we are well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). 

Q:  So how should we approach the temptation to be afraid when we become ill, or experience changes within our health?

We need to place our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  We need to trust Him completely with every aspect of our life, because as we do this, we will be given a perfect peace.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

When we trust in God’s perfect plan, we will have peace in the midst of any trial we may face.  We can fully know God is in control, and He is capable of healing us from an ailment, or delivering us from a trial in an instant.  If He chooses to use doctors or medicine, then we can be confident there is a perfect work being done in this process—even when we don’t see the results we want.  Ultimately, we can still have peace, because we are keeping our eyes on the big picture of eternity, rather than the temporal.  

I want to encourage you today if you are facing something causing you to be fearful.  Don’t be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7).

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to having perfect peace according to Isaiah 26:3, and Phil. 4:6-7?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you keeping your mind upon God and trusting in Him when facing fearful situations?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s continue to place our faith in God, knowing He is in control, and that He has a perfect plan for our lives.

LET’S PRAY: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love, mercy and grace upon our lives.  Father, You alone possess the key to life, and it is You who sets the times and days.  We are finite, created beings and we don’t understand the glorious wonders You have awaiting us.  We need Your peace and Your love to cover us, and to allow us to understand clearly.  Father, we trust You and we come in agreement with Your perfect plan.  We ask these things to be done by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and in Jesus’ precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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