“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
When I am abiding in the Spirit (perfect love) I don’t fear that I am not His. I’m not afraid of losing His love or of being rejected. I have peace and confidence that not only is Christ keeping me, but He is continually doing a good work in and through me.
To be like Him.
When I am set in this truth He makes my face like flint, burying my roots deeper as I draw life giving water from His well.
So what does abiding look like in our day to day lives?
*Seeking God’s Presence in His Word daily to learn and listen and grow
*Prayer throughout the day that’s more like a conversation with a friend, who happens to also be the God of the Universe.
*Memorizing Scripture- this one is hard for me but always worth the challenge. Learn by heart a few verses to carry with you during your day when you can’t have your Bible open in front of you. It’s a blessing to give your future self in those moments.
This list isn’t comprehensive, but it can nudge us in the right direction. Start with one today. When we abide in the Lord, He helps us remember just how much He loves us by pointing us back to the Cross.
Christ is our Perfect Love.
Grace upon grace,