I have touched on “looking for love in all the wrong places” in previous entries and now I’m going to again. I want to affirm just how important it is to learn to not only love yourself, but to ultimately know the Love of God. This love is the most comprehensive and complete love. Nothing can compare to it, not even the most pure, sweet, over-the-top worldly love. I have had plenty of experience with the looking for love in all the wrong places feat and I don’t recommend it. I have also walked down the aisle with more guys than I can count on one hand in my imagination. Sisters, may we learn and tangibly feel the love of God who is patiently waiting for us to accept His embrace. We can save ourselves so much time and heartache ultimately by finding this kind of love and contentment.
Today Jesus and I are sitting out at the Marina and I’m watching the boats go by. This ambiance gives peace and rest to my soul. I am pondering Christ-like love and human fear with Him. The focus is on breaking through some of the oppressive and burdensome mind-sets we have held onto for much of our lives. The other theme I want to discuss is a fear-based way of thinking. Much like shame, (that we have previously discussed) fear can paralyze us and keep us caged like a enslaved bird. We need to teach our brain how to think differently as Fear-Based thinking keeps us stuck and worried about every little thing may or may not happen. I spent most of my life up until my mid-thirties confined by fear. I would fear what people thought of me, finances, relationships and even death. I can’t pin-point the breaking point of when things changed, but I know that when I realized I was free from fear my mind and physical body felt completely different. My friends, may you know the love that is spoken of in 1 John 4:16, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” We have deeply held core beliefs in our minds that contribute to fear that we can learn to reframe. When we do this our brain is able to reprocess the information it takes in and can conceptualize a new reality. This is vital!
Have you dealt with fear-based thinking in your life that has kept you paralyzed? Can you imagine that God’s perfect love can wash over any and all fears you have? Do you desire to know and feel the tangible love of the Father? Let us pray that we may be released from fear and be delivered from all of the things that hold us back from love.
Dear Jesus~I know in my head that there is no fear in love, but it has not yet become real to me. I want to feel it in my inmost being that your love is perfect and that you are enough to deliver me from my fears. There are so many things in my past that have caused my mind to sway towards worry, fear and doubt. I desire to step out of this mentality. Will you in your faithfulness change me from the inside out? I even fear that change and what it’s going to feel like? Please fill me with courage and the utmost trust in the work of your hands. I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Thank you Jesus. I love you. Amen!
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 2 Timothy 1:7