By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
God's redemptive love for us is beyond anything this world could ever offer. There is nothing we can do to earn it. God’s love is a free gift that He has chosen to give us. However, it is our responsibility to accept this gift by faith.
E. Stanley Jones writes:
“I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are like sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt, and anxiety.”
We have been redeemed from eternal death through Jesus Christ. We no longer have reason to fear because we belong to a God who says, “Fear not.” Our fate has been sealed, and we have every reason to have hope for the future.
Many people do not realize the power of God's redemption. They cower in fear and worry about tomorrow. Each one of us can think back to a time when we felt fearful and wanted to retreat, but God calls us to move forward in victory.
Fear stifles creativity.
Fear destroys the dreams God has given us.
Fear keeps us from fully receiving His love.
Fear prevents us from telling others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Fear is one of Satan's favorite weapons against the believer.
The apostle Paul reminds us that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us and gave Himself for us (Romans 8:37). The redemptive love of God is yours to rest in and enjoy. Don’t let your feelings dictate your faith—trust in God’s love for you and refuse to allow fear to rob you of God's blessing.
Prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your only Son because of Your great love for us. Help me to be confident in Your love and boldly share it with others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).