This week, we wrap up our series on “The Love of God“. The reason I wanted to share this series was to help people understand that God’s perfect love casts out all fear:
“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” (1 John 4:18).
The more we learn about how much God really loves us, the more peace we can experience.
First, we talked about how God is pleased with us. We are pleasing to him not because of what we do, but because of who we are in Christ. We are his children. We often pull away from God because we feel dirty, sinful and unholy, but in Christ, we are none of those. We can come to God’s throne in our time of need.
Next, we learned about his character. His love is patient, kind, gentle–like a parent with a newborn baby. He knows our thoughts, our intentions, our mistakes, and yet he still chooses to love us.
Then, we dove into his unconditional love. Nothing can separate us from this love. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39).
God’s love is giving. “For God so loved the world, that he gave…” He gives and gives, expecting nothing in return. His love compels him to give to us, his children.
And, there is great power in God’s love. The same power that raised Jesus from dead lives inside of us (Ephesians 1:19-20). We carry the power of God in us, and that power gives us strength over the enemy to conquer fear, anxiety and torment.
Then, during Christmas, we experienced God’s peace towards us. The price was paid, and the punishment was inflicted upon Christ on our behalf. We can now have peace with God, a peace that passes all understanding.
We can also experience God’s glory, his life-changing, all-encompassing, powerful glory. As his children, we are given such incredible gifts and privileges.
We can experience true righteousness and rest in his love. Because of the finished work of the cross, we no longer need to strive to please God. We please him by placing our trust in Christ.
Finally, we are made whole by grace through faith, according to Ephesians 2:8. Complete freedom and wholeness is available to those who believe. It’s a free gift, given in grace.
Thanks again for joining me on this series. If you have some ideas on a topic for our next series, please let me know.