In the wake of the recent Majory Stoneman Douglas shooting, there are so many in Broward County and around the world feeling very fearful and asking tough questions. “Why would a loving God allow this evil event to happen?” ” Will I ever feel safe?” “Why am I full of fear, as a Christian?
These are very real questions and ones that are not to be answered with quick statements of facts. These are real questions that real people are asking and struggling with…
The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love drives out fear.
You may have heard this verse before. It sounds nice but what does it really mean? How does it provide us comfort, hope and HOW does love literally drive out fear?
“John (the author) begins this verse with an affirmation. The reason that the (Christian) believer need not fear is that the relationship between him and God through Christ is based on love, and in love “there is no fear.” … There should be no dread in the life of the one in whom God dwells. In fact the claim here is that love and fear are mutually exclusive.”*
Fear and love cannot co-exist
If you are experiencing thoughts of fear, God’s everlasting love can help you put those fears to rest. God desires that you feel the freedom to experience His perfect everlasting love, despite the chaos and uncertainty around you. God’s word states that when we are in a relationship with Him, we can know that we will be with Him when we die AND that He will be with us and help us TODAY. He is a living God who is at work in our lives everyday.
When Dominique came to us this year, she was already a single mom to a one-year old baby boy. On top of that, she had been to our centers before. She was overwhelmed and struggling. Since, she had not been with the father of the baby for a while. She was shocked by her pregnancy. Although the father of the baby was somewhat supportive, he was seeing other women.
Dominique did not have much support from, not only the father of the baby, but also her own family. However, after her visit at Hope she said,
[The staff] made me feel that it was okay if I didn’t have support. They said I could do it. They told me I had options – like adoption. But the thing that gave me courage to carry and parent was knowing that I had God on my side and He was with me in the struggle.
Dominique said she found the staff at Hope to be very informative and inviting. “I didn’t feel judged. They gave me all the options to be able to have my child.”
Dominique is expecting her newest baby September 2018.
Like Dominique, we experience the side effects of an imperfect world everyday:
There is no perfect person.
There is no perfect friendship.
There is no perfect spouse.
There is no perfect relationship.
May we be encouraged to know and remind ourselves on days it is much harder, that God is FOR us. We are not alone and NOTHING can seperate us from God’s love. NOTHING.
There IS a perfect love.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
*Daniel L. Akin, 1, 2, 3 John, vol. 38, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001), 186.