True Love Casts Out Fear
Have you ever been stressed? Anxious? Angry without know why? Have you ever felt stuck or unable to clearly see the way out?
I just had a beautiful conversation with a dear friend, Kayla Zilch, and we just talked about life. It’s so hard sometimes. Why!? Why does it seem that life is just throwing us curveball after curveball without ever letting up???
I thing a huge contributor to that feeling can be answered when we really stop and examine our heart. (Another blogpost on examining your heart coming soon).
Recently I read Psalm 4, and instead of just reading it and theologizing the content (memorizing some lesson that I can regurgitate on the world around me later), I meditated on it. Meaning, I made it personal. I soaked it in. I cried out the words to God as if I had just come up with them myself.
He gave me a picture. It is easy in our lives to compartmentalize our devotions. God, of course, gets a large amount. Then, I can’t forget to pour some love into my family and friends. Oh, wait, the world around me, it needs some of my bold love too.
Approaching life with compartmentalized love will end up with only one result: nothing gets all of your love, and nothing gets God’s true love.
You will burnout. You will be anxious. You will feel a lack of fulfillment.
Our love was never meant to operate like this. Has human beings, our love will never satisfy the world around us and is limited. If we compartmentalize our love, we limit the amount any relationship we pour into will receive.
Our love was, instead, meant to operate like a fountain. In other words, when we pour every ounce of our devotion and love into God, He, in turn, pour joy, peace, patience, wisdom, and eternal, perfect LOVE back into us. What happens is our limited love is replaced with His eternal love. The nature of His love being never-ending, when that is poured into us, it naturally overflows into the relationships and world around us.
You see, the key to peace and joy in all circumstances is not to control and try hard. The key to bold love is not to give your own love. That will just lead to an intimate realization of your own limitations.
The key is to give total devotion to your Papa up in Heaven and then to allow his eternal, never-ending peace, joy, and love to wash over you and into the world around you.
Love boldly, Church.
1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?
How long will you love vain words and seek after lies?
3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.
4 Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.
5 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”
7 You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.