God's Love is Greater

The recurring theme, that I have brought back to multiple times this week is, God’s love. With finals approaching, school ending, and new adventures to embark on, it can release some fear. This week, I have had some fear in a few areas of my life, and I wasn’t fully allowing God’s love in. I was talking to one of my dear friends at Biola, Leilani, and she reminded me of a verse in 1 John 4: 18-19.

This verse says, “Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment and this shows we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.”  NLT

This verse spoke to me instantly. I am afraid of a lot of things. I hate to admit that but it is true. What am I afraid of? I think I’m afraid of the unknown, the unanswered, the what if, etc. I am afraid of situations in which I am unfamiliar with. I began to look at the things I was afraid of, and they seemed so scary. Somethings I overcame with Jesus, and was able to break down the fear, while other things still seem just as scary.

I want to ask you something. Do you think God’s love for you is greater than you biggest fear? Let that sink in for a bit. When I was reading this scripture, I was immediately convicted. I didn’t believe that. I hadn’t let God into all of my fears. I gave the illusion that I did, but I really hadn’t . There were still some fears I kept in the back of my mind, and I wasn’t letting God’s love overcome them. I was allowing this fear to control my mind. My full attention wasn’t on Jesus, but rather all of the things I realized I was afraid of. Sitting and meditating on this verse changed my perspective of my fear. I began to tell God my fears, and allow him into that part of my life. I didn’t even understand how far down the root of my fear was. I began to process when I let everything out, to God. Through this, my fear wasn’t completely removed, but it was recognized. It wasn’t hidden anymore, it was out in the open and I revealed my heart to Jesus, even though he already knew.

We all experience fear. It looks different for everyone, but we all have fears. Maybe you have a fear of failure, or fear of being alone, or a fear of the unknown. Whatever fear you have, let it out to God. If God’s love is going to be bigger than your fear, you first need to identify it. It is a healing process. The fear may go away instantly, or it may take time. Let God’s love be greater than your fear. If we continue to be held back by our fears, we will never fully experience the love of our Father in heaven. You feel so free once you actually release those fears over to Jesus. It isn’t something you have to hold onto by yourself anymore. You have a father who loves you, and who wants you to experience that love fully.

So tell him, be real. Once you release your fear and experience his love for you, you immediately want to share that love and freedom with others. When we experience God’s love for us, we want to love other people better, it’s just inevitable. Verse 19 says “We love each other because he loved us first.” Write your fears down, give them over to God and experience his love in full. The very reason we can love others is because we are unconditionally, fearlessly, passionately, dearly, and fully loved. Experiencing God’s love for you is so great, there’s nothing like it. Today, be free from your fears and embrace God’s great love for you.

 

 

New Living Translation (NLT)

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.