A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
June 5, 2011
The power of perfect love….
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ” 2 Timothy 1:7
I was spiraling rapidly to a place of sadness, fear, helplessness and confusion this morning over where I should be and all the different people and things pulling at my heartstrings calling me to many different places, Scotland, Manitoba, Alberta, Kyuquot, Campbell River, Comox and even Oregon.
I suddenly realised that this was a very bad “place” (my state of mind) for me to be in and cast about for someone to call, someone to talk to, “M” (too much to explain, too many questions to answer), “J\K” (done so much for me already) and then “B” (long distance, too expensive)……who then?
Thinking about “B” brought me back to the right place……who should i turn to but my Father in heaven? And I remembered the scripture he would have reminded me of, if I could have spoken to him, 2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
I needed a sound mind and who but God can provide THAT for me?
I recognise this as spritual warfare which can only be fought using God given spiritual “tools”, those found in the word of God.
Instead of thinking “I CAN’T!”, i need to remember that “I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13…..that is POWER! And there is no fear in power, there is no helplessness in power.
Instead of struggling over the pulled heartstrings, I need to give this over to God and rest in His goodness.
Love, when it is perfected, is without fear. “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
The love of God for us, knowing it, living in it, means we do not need to live in fear or confusion because we can TRUST that God, in His love for us, will be there for us in ALL things, just like family and friends are there for us, only MORE so!
If we experience fear, then we know that our love has not yet been perfected, neither our love for the Father, nor our love for others! So, I know I still have a long way to go!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
I am His child. He loves me. If I LOVE Him, I can trust Him and believe what He says to be true and rest in it.
How is my love for God? Do I LOVE Him? What evidence is there of that in my life? Who do I turn to FIRST? My friends? My family? My Father God in heaven? These are searching questions but ones I need to ask……
Do I love my friends and family for what they can give me or do for me? Is that how I love my Father in heaven? Or, do I love them enough just to enjoy spending whatever time I can with them, loving them? Is that how I love my Father in heaven, the Lord God? Am I taking the time to spend just being with Him, enjoying the moments with Him, loving Him, showing Him I love Him?
Are my priorities in life right YET?
The two greatest commandments, according to Christ are found in Matthew 10:27
“So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.”
Love God, love others……
Something to chew on……
Lastly, do I have a SOUND mind? I WILL if all of my trust is placed where it ought to be as a child of the living God, through Christ.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37: 3&4
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect PEACE whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Much food for thought…..
My heart is FULL! Thank You Father! ❤ (And thank you, “B” <3)