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PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

On the 26th of August on my personal Facebook page, I began walking through a series of #peelingthehypocritemask that shall culminate in a month’s time on September 26th 2017.

It is a journey of God’s grace working in my life. A journey of a work-in-progress; real progressive growth as a child of God and the King’s daughter. A journey of courageous living. I am who I am by God’s grace.

Today’s post is a continuation of these series being a word by word study of 1 John 4:18, which speaks about there being no fear in love. Granted, love is a humongous topic, but we’ll try to concentrate on this verse so that we can understand the truth of God’s word –  different from what the love of the world portrays.

We shall discuss it phrase by phrase:

1. There is NO FEAR in LOVE

Fear is the opposite of faith. In the Bible, ‘Do not fear’ appears so many times in the Bible, to mean that every day of the year we ought not to fear man but only fear God (that means to reverence Him). From our previous post, ‘Why are You Hiding?’ we discovered how fear came into the world. Adam and Eve ate the fruit, instantly knew they had sinned before God and hid from Him because they feared Him. Continue reading “PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR”

WHY ARE YOU HIDING?

 

I started realizing the trend recently. My little toddler would disappear, or be eerily quiet and I would have to go searching for her in the bundus (we say that to mean unknown places here in Kenya – didn’t know until today that it’s actually a South African name). So one day, she’s in the house and I find her smiling ear to ear holding a tomato sauce bottle – if you can’t guess what she was doing – she had just had a filling of a good red thick drink. All I knew earlier was that she was eating her meal. I was shocked to say the least but all I could do was smile at her discovery. Apparently tomato sauce was now a cool drink. Her reaction was what surprised me most. She hid the bottle from me when I asked what she was up to. Presumably, she knew her actions were wrong – she was fearful of being exposed and shame was what she felt and voiced inwardly.

I have been through the cycle myself countless times in my lifetime. Let’s call it the triplet syndrome. Shame-Fear-Exposure. This syndrome has upcoming kings and queens hiding in the bundus (middle of nowhere) doing who knows what. Let’s break it down further.

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GOD IS OUR EVER-PRESENT HELP

Sometime in the past, I perceived prayer as a demanding task. I thought about how I need special time to do it, a specific quiet location, preferably in the morning hours just before I started my day. Maybe God would see how I considered Him first before I got engaged in my busy day. And that would be the reason He would remember me throughout my day. Even if I didn’t get time to pray again till the end of the day.

You see for me, God seemed to be in a far off land, not easily accessible, so big and uninterested in the little details of my day-to-day. It seemed to me that it was necessary I go to Him perfect, clean and ready – not always saying sorry for small things. He had already forgiven me, why was I engaging in sin again?

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