LOVE, NOT FEAR
It’s a very common occurrence to hear a single Christian girl say about her dream man – ‘He must fear God’.
I subscribed to that line of thought until a scripture I thought I understood struck me in a new light. Here it is: 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
I’ve found myself pondering this scripture and the more I ponder, the more amazed I get.
The one thing that God values above all things is Love because that’s who He is. Love is not what God does, It is who He is.
As a result, that’s how God wants us to live. He wants us to live in love, not in fear. Everything we do for God should be motivated out of our love for Him and not our fear of Him.
Fear and Love cannot co-exist. If you’re operating in fear, you cannot be operating in Love. If you’re truly operating in Love, fear should be out of the window.
Loving God is the access to heaven because it automatically means that we would have lived just like Jesus.
No wonder Jesus constantly admonished his disciples to love him.
Love will lead to wiling obedience while fear leads to compelled obedience.
Which one do you think God’s looking for?
Think about it, when you truly love someone, your sacrifices for them are joyful, spontaneous and you go out of your way to make them smile (to name a few of the things we do for love), Serving them is a joy not a duty. Doing anything out of fear has the exact opposite effect.
I know we’ve been thought that we need to fear God, but I’ve come to discover discover something different:
God wants your love and not your fear.
If you truly love God, you would not need to fear him.
My love for God needs to deepen!
Who’s with me!
 I John 4:16-18 (NLT)