The last few blog post have discussed how to discover and maintain freedom through Jesus Christ. If you haven’t read them already be sure to check them out. Let’s imagine that we’re listing the ingredients for a recipe for “freedom”, I would definitely list “love” as the main ingredient. Love is essential for maintaining freedom from fear, guilt, shame, worry, and so many other things that tries to interfere with maintaining freedom in Jesus Christ.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Let’s talk about “love”, love is highly sought after. People try to find love in people, places, and all sorts of things. Many times on our quest for love we find that the previously listed items may only temporarily gratify our desires of being truly loved. However, after time passes you may discover that their is still a void or a longing in your heart. Your family or friends may show love and kindness to you but, if your love for them is not rooted in the source of love, sometimes, even their love can feel like it is fleeting. You may be wondering, “what or who is the source of love?” God is the true source of love. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:7-9 ASV These verses make it very clear that God is the source of love because God is love. Maybe you’re reading this and you’re not really sure what true love or God’s love looks like or how God’s love can help you live free and maintain your freedom in Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look at the next verse, and examine it for the characteristics of love; “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 ASV We can determine from the previous verse that true love is sacrificial and it loves even when it hasn’t been given love in return. Let’s look at more characteristics of love.
“Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ASV
God and his love is truly amazing and it is life changing. The characteristics of love listed in the verses above can help you grow in your journey of righteousness and freedom. It’s possible that by now you could have concluded that God’s love is powerful and his love could change the way you love, think, and view life. Love is so freeing that it can remove the fears that may have been keeping you in bondage. Let’s take a look at the next verse, “And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him. Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world. There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:16-18 ASV
I encourage you to pray and ask God to fill your hearts with perfect love so that you can live a life that is free of fear.
When we have God’s love, our relationships with people flourishes because our love is rooted in his love. Jesus commands us to love one another. “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.” John 15:12 ASV “We love, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen. And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John 4:19-21 ASV So, let us love God and love people. “But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 ASV
I pray that this post has blessed you, may your heart be filled with God’s love, and know that God loves you unconditionally. Amen.
“Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3 ASV