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Refreshed by God's Love

The promises of the Bible are only profitable when you learn to trust God and His promises

Refreshed by God’s Love
The Power of Love in Us – Part III

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

We are looking at the power of God’s love in us. The first aspect of this power is that it shows us as followers of Jesus, as we studied in the last two devotionals.

Another aspect of the power of God’s love in us is that it casts out our fears:

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)

God’s love in us does not prevent fear from ever attacking us. However, when fear does attack us, we can trust God’s great love for us and shake off our fears.

A parent can remove a child’s fear by stepping in and protecting them. A parent beside a child makes them feel safe. So it is with our relationship with our Father in heaven:

…because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)

We have one job to do in this life, and that is to learn to trust God’s love for us. Though it is a single job, that does not mean it is easy. Our failures make it hard for us to always trust that God sees us as His “masterpiece” and “has lavished” His love on us:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

And:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are… (1 John 3:1a)

It is God’s perfect love that drives out fear from our lives. God is the only one who loves perfectly, and trusting this love allows us to enjoy its benefits.

I have often said over the years that “Many Christ-followers will enter heaven after living a fear-filled life”. In other words, God will not force us to trust Him and His love. It is possible to trust Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins but be unwilling to trust Him when fear attacks us.

It is up to us to obey Jesus’s words, “Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 10:31) and “Take courage” (Matthew 14:27). When we repeat these words, over and over, we “resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

All the promises of the Bible profit us only when we learn to trust the God who made these promises!

Father, forgive me when I act like You will forsake me. I know You are worthy of my faith and trust. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.