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Friday, October 28, 2022

No Fear in His Love



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



The person who lives by fear doesn’t live in the freedom of God’s love. Fear torments them because they don’t understand the depth of His love. They live in bondage to guilt and shame from which Jesus died to free them. God’s Word says that there is no fear in God’s love—that the perfect love of Christ casts out fear. To live this truth, we have to believe it.


Are you one of those who live in fear and don’t experience freedom because they don’t understand the depth of God’s love for them?  When you don't wholly believe in your heart that the righteousness of Jesus is yours, you struggle to pay for the guilt that is no longer yours to pay. You live in defeat instead of knowing you are victorious. It is time to understand and believe what the gift of grace has given you—a new life in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Learn who you are in Him. Jesus has given you His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). He sees you clean and without sin. It is time for your belief in your identity to be changed by the power of His Resurrection. 


Only the Holy Spirit can renew you in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Only God’s Word can transform the way you think and the way you perceive truth (Romans 12:2). The new life Jesus gave you when you were saved becomes real in your mind when the Spirit changes your understanding to His. Your mind is where you understand, and your heart is where you believe you are righteous (Romans 10:10). 


You will live who you think and believe you are. If you believe you still need to win God’s love, then you miss the whole point of why Jesus died to save you. You will live without freedom and in bondage to the old person you were. You will become frustrated trying to earn God’s love that Jesus already earned for you. You will strive and fail. You will burn out. But when God transforms your understanding of who you are in Christ, you experience the new life you received at Calvary (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is peace only He gives (Philippians 4:6-7). There is no guilt. You have nothing to prove. You believe who Jesus says you are. 


Are you tired of the old roller coaster ride of fear and shame and guilt? In Jesus, you are victorious over all of these! You have made it in Jesus. He gave you His life to secure your freedom. He hasn’t given you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Power, love, and a sound mind are yours. You receive what you believe by faith.


Allow the Holy Spirit to transform your understanding of the new person you are in Christ. Let Him teach you who you are and change the way you think. Believe in your heart who Christ says you are. Take His identity as your own. 


To be free and not live in freedom only torments you.  Don’t hold on to fear and shame. Quit fighting the battles that have already been won. You have the power of the Holy Spirit to defeat the lies and the fears that have claimed your mind. Believe in the perfect love of Jesus for you, and live in the freedom of His love.



© 2022 Lynn Lacher



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