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of Fear and Love

You were created because of love, created for love. This is why you will never truly know who you are until you walk in the identity of the Son, Jesus Christ. Because He is the unfiltered revelation of the Father’s love…because God, who is love, was pleased to dwell in all His fullness in Christ, and through Him to draw us to Himself.

But there is a problem with this love–death. Just as it required the death of Jesus to be poured out for us, it also requires our death to walk in it. You see, as I have said before, intimacy is in the journey. Love is always in action, never in feelings or beliefs. So to walk in the fullness of this love, and thereby in the fullness of who the Father created us to be, we have to be willing to walk in the unknown. We have to be willing to walk contrary to what we see and feel. We have to be willing to die to ourselves. But death to self is life in Him…and it’s life for others.

I don’t mean for this to sound as though I am promoting self-denial as a way of earning intimacy with God. But rather I am trying to reveal the fact that God’s heart transcends this–all of this. And it is His heart that defines us. So it is unavoidable. At some point, in order to step into the fullness of who He is, we are going to have to break free from the tyranny of what we feel, of what we understand, of what we see…and step simply into what we do not know.

But herein lies the problem. It’s not death in itself that we fear. It’s the unknown. It’s the prospect of pain and loss. We fear because we do not understand. We do not understand the Father’s heart. Hear me on this: All fear–all fear–is self-preservation. And all fear is contrary to love. …think about that. We do not walk in the identity of the Son, we do not step out into the fullness of the Father’s love–into the unknown with Him–because we do not truly trust His heart.

“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.” (1 John 4:18)

This verse is not a rebuke, but an encouragement from a father who wants his children to know who they are in Christ. We fear because love is not perfected in us. But love will never be perfected by waiting for fear to subside. No…fear, as a tyrant, has to be overthrown. It has to be faced and driven out by love–by choosing to act on the Father’s heart.


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