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of Fear and Love Renewed

The opposite of fear is not faith. The opposite of fear is love.

I once wrote that all fear is self-preservation. And all fear is contrary to love. I’m not talking about the sensation or even the apprehension that comes in a moment of risk, but rather of the choices that result from it. You see, when it comes to living out the Kingdom of God, fear becomes the love of self at the expense of life for another.

The problem with fear is that it is rooted in a mindset that does not understand the heart of the Father. Because as Jesus said, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life (John 15:13). And God exemplified this in that He so loved the world that He gave…He gave of Himself–His Son–so that we could become His sons and daughters. And when you truly understand your identity as a child, you will understand that you are no longer subject to fear (Romans 8:15).

Paul once wrote, “I’ve been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Up until recently I viewed those words as weight and responsibility. But now, through the heart of my Father, I see them for what they are–words of comfort and rest. Why? Because the life I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me so much that He gave Himself for me (paraphrase of the 2nd half of Galatians 2:20). And if all fear is self-preservation, yet I’ve been crucified with Christ and now have His life and identity…then there is no reason to protect what has already been crucified, and no reason to guard what can never be taken away from me.

You see, fear breeds where love is not understood. Faith gives life where love is embraced. I’m writing this to you because there is a life you’ve been given to live, a revelation of the Father you’ve been given to experience. And there is a world that needs you to reveal that life and revelation. But that life, that revelation, is in the journey of knowing Him and revealing Him to others.

I recently told a group of friends that I’m learning how much the Father loves the process (the journey), and how important it is that we love it with Him.

As a part of this journey, I asked God recently, “How far does faith go before it crosses the line and becomes presumptuous?”

His response was simple, “How far does love go?”


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