I find the gift of faith is so amazing that I have a hard time understanding why everybody does not think so. Because through faith we are all invited to come to God who is love. Why would anybody refuse to let Love come close is beyond me. Because love makes everything better (in my book anyway).
I believe people either have not heard or have not understood the essence of Christianity. Most people think faith is old-fashioned or irrelevant but it is not so. Actually, I believe faith is more relevant now than it has ever been. Grace is paramount for living well in the midst of increasing chaos. Otherwise, fear and anxiety take over our lives.
Amanda Cook asks us, ‘What would life look like for you if Perfect Love came in so close that fear became a distant relative rather than a close confidant and friend?’ I know Perfect Love changes our existence for better. When we let God fully embrace us and shower us with grace, fear really does become a distant relative. What would your life look like then?
In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. (1 John 4:17-18, AMP,*)
My testimony is simple. Because of Jesus God forgave my sins and remade me with his love. His grace is my power to love and serve others. Without God, I would be miserable and without his grace, I’d be powerless. Thankfully, I don’t need to go back to that. I’ve made my home in God’s perfect love.
I hope you will let love come close too. It will not take the fun out of your life, it will enhance it. Also, God will not make your life burdensome, instead he will lift your burdens. He will give you freedom, light, and wholeness. Something we’re all searching for yet we never found until we let Love come close.
I pray that God will help us to convey the truth of God’s love to the world. That he will empower us to talk about Jesus in such a fashion that it touches people’s hearts. The truth needs to be told and we need to let Love come close. It will change everything. For better.
Thank you for wanting to come close to us.
We welcome you with open arms.
Bless us with your loving presence.
Empower us to love others as you love.
May the world get to know you better.
in Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Have you let Love come close? What’s your testimony? How has Perfect Love changed you?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to live in Love!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]