Are You Afraid Of Surrendering To Jesus
1 John 4:18 NASB There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us
Are you afraid to let God's love into your heart completely? Maybe you understand or know "God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son" to be payment for the sins of humanity, which demanded His death. But love that rich, intense, and selfless seems so over the top.
Then you learn that God is the Sovereign ruler and expects you to surrender all to Him and follow Him "even unto death" if need be and the thought of handing yourself and your life over with total abandonment to Someone with absolute power, makes you feel uncomfortable and way to vulnerable. There would have to be total trust and you did that already and it didn't go well. I mean what would happen to me?
The thing is, our heart hungers for true love, a love that fits so right it is perfect. We are burdened and tired from feeling like it's all on us to earn love. We search and search for the love that fills the gap, gives us rest, and takes away our feelings of abandonment. The love that is completely trustworthy, faithful, and gives us security. Does this love exist?
1 John 4:8 NASB The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
God is love. God loved us when we were unkind, sinful, hateful, unworthy, etc.
Love-26-agape, love that originates in God's nature, delights in giving, keeps on loving when one is unresponsive, unkind, unlovable, unworthy, desires the good of the one loved (preceptaustin.com)
God does not do love, He is love. God's love is not like ours where it is prompted by emotionalism. God's love can not be earned. Jesus paid the cost for us to receive and have God's love put in our hearts. God's love comes from inside Himself not from outside influence.
Psalm 86:15 NASB But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
This love is what our hearts yearn and search for so desperately. Love that is nothing but truth. Will you be a recipient of God's love?
1 John 4:2 NASB By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God;.... 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God
1 John 5:1 NASB Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.
1 John 1:8 NASB If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
God loves the world but it does not mean what is taught. God's love will not overlook unrepentant sin. Jesus the Christ is the only way to God's love, joy, peace, and hope (John 14:6).