Week 25 Day 2
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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1 John 4:18 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.
Fear is something that comes naturally to humankind. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are old, young, male female, or rich or poor. Regardless of who or what you are fear will come. It comes when we are suddenly removed from the familiar, in times of change, in tomes of conflict, in times when factors outside of us spin out of control. If you listen to much of popular Christian contemporary music there are a plethora of songs about fear. What we don’t connect very well is that fear of God comes in an act of God’s grace, and that same fear is relieved by His overwhelming grace through the love he has for us as his dear children.
The unfortunate thing I find is that so many of our so called praise songs are merely attempts to resonate with the fear of other people rather than to point to the God of all grace and his remedy for fear which is his everlasting constant presence. It’s OK to be fearful, but do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
This is the very best message we can share with those who “live in fear”. Consider, the lives of the modern martyrs, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Betsie ten Boom, and others who died in horrible circumstances but were buoyed up in prayer and found courage to face their Nazi persecutors.
‘twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fear relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed- John Newton