There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.- 1 John 4:18
this scripture was on my heart this morning. i woke up thinking about it. that's always a wonderfully encouraging thing. waking up, and hearing truth whisper through your mind.
the footnotes in my study bible summarize this verse as this, because of the PERFECT love that was shown through Christ's death on the cross as atonement for our sins, we do not have to fear the wrath of death any longer. phew. honestly, this concept is sometimes one i can barely wrap my head around. my little human noggin often can't comprehend things eternal, bc all i've ever known is a life based on time.
my friend beth told me of a quote she read somewhere a few weeks ago, and i keep thinking about it. basically the quote was talking about how we love vacations and relaxation and loosing track of time. we love days where you can just lounge around and forget where we are and when we have things to do. this is because we were created to long for eternity with Christ. it's something pretty wonderful to think about, even when it feels like we can't understand it.
this verse was clearly on my heart for a reason this morning. that reason is the fact that i am an insane worrier. it's ridiculous and out of hand at times. i wonder often if i've hurt people's feelings when it's completely irrational, if i've made mistakes in little things, big things, really all things. it's major sin in my life. we don't like to say that i don't think, what the sin in our life is. but this is one i feel like is appropriate to share.
i have no need to fear. i have no need to fear because the loving God that i serve has every second of my life planned out for my very good. simple as that. every single event in my life is orchestrated to place my attention on Him. i don't need to be anxious because i am no longer a slave to the selfish desires of my heart.
it's something to think about. perhaps it's old hat. but it's fresh and alive for me this morning. i've pondered it before, but this morning.. it's what's making my heart beat. i love that about scripture.
i hope you have a wonderful day. all of these pictures are from a little birthday trip that ben and i took to huntsville state park. i am extremely blessed!