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The Father's Love in us

  • 1 John 4:16-18: And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 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.

    Having confidence on the day of judgment. That day is every day. We may face judgment every day of our lives when we come in contact with others with opposing views or feelings. People may say that this scripture is pointing out a day when we die, that if we don't love, than we may face judgment, but that is not the case. God loves us unconditionally, and so He points out in this scripture that we must have confidence in His love for us, and as we have confidence in His love for us, we are free to love others without fear. Fear, as the scripture points out has to do with punishment, so why would God tell us to love or else? He wouldn’t because that is in conflict with His perfect love which drives out fear. That would naturally lead us to fear His punishment for not loving others. No, the point is that because we are one hundred percent loved and accepted by our Father, we are free to love in the same way, unconditionally. That does not mean that we have to agree with everyone we come in contact with, and those two things are mutually exclusive. Opinion, and love are two different things.
    You may like the Washington Redskins, and I like the Dallas Cowboys, and they by nature are opposing views, but that does not stop me from loving you despite those differences. Well, that may be an easy topic, but it works the same way in any situation. What about politics, and complexed issues that we face daily? Those are the same way. I can still love you despite our differences. I will not fear the loss of love, because I am already loved by God the Father! Is there anything else that we need? If someone makes the decision to not love you because of your opinion, does that mean that you have to change your opinion? Certainly not! You cannot be tied to how others feel about you to love them, but you may be judged by them for the way you see things. Have confidence that if God is in you, you have love in you regardless of what others say or do to you. You can love them without condition because you were first loved! Does that mean that you have to change your views, your football team, your hairstyle? Not unless the Lord leads you to do that. Do not have fear that you will not be loved, because that comes with God. In the same way, because you are loved, you too can love without condition. You are free to love others no matter what. You show the love of God by loving others regardless of what they say or do.
    When we make a mistake one day, and feel like we are a saint the next day, we judge ourselves on our behavior. One day God loves us, the next, not so much? That is the trick of the enemy! God loves us every day, and when we put our own judgment on ourselves about our behavior, then we are saying that God can change His love for us. If we can judge ourselves and our behavior, then we must be able to judge others for their behavior. Then we can hold out our love for them based on the day. That is not the love of God at all! His love does not change, and He proved it by sending Jesus to die for us. He can do nothing beyond that to prove His love, but He did. He sent His Spirit to live in us, to direct us, and to remind us of the love of Jesus. The day of judgment is not defined here in this scripture as a day that we meet Him at a crossroads of heaven and hell. No, He is telling us that when judgment comes our way, on any given day, that we will have confidence in His love for us, so too we may be free in that love. Receive the gift of this love, and loving others regardless of how they act, or how you act will have no power over you, because judgment is rooted in fear, and fear has to do with punishment which was poured out on the back of Jesus Christ, our savior. That is true love, to absorb the punishment that we want to dole out on ourselves and others based on judgment. That day of judgment has passed for us brothers and sisters, and what is left is love, and God is love, and as His love is in us, we have confidence to love ourselves, others, and Him freely without fear, without conditions, and without judgment. Be liberated by His love, and if judgment comes your way, have confidence in that love. In Jesus name, Amen.


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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetak I love it when comparing with football teams. I love you unconditionally even thou i like the Green Bay Packer. =)  I have to say, the part of politics right now is a hard time with (my spouse) which makes it harder on what we agree on. I don't change my opinion when we talk about it but i still have to remember i still love him no matter what he may say. The things that has or have been said in the media makes it hard to remember to continue to love no matter what happens. I do catch judging myself when i get upset about something that i did or what i heard and i need to keep it in my head that we are forgiven because Jesus died for us on the cross. I liked this blog, it puts my mind at ease because of what is going on. Thank you.
December 22, 2015
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Amen! Thank you so much for your response. That is great!
December 28, 2015
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Deleted Member Thank you so much for this today, I have often beat myself up over the things that I might do that does please everyone, I always felt like if I did anything that someone else didn't like that I was doing wrong, I can remember a time when I went to a church for a short while, and they didn't believe in watching tv or going to a ball game or going skating or all sorts of things, and I actually felt like if I did any of those things I was going to the bad place, they made me feel worthless, like I wasn't even a Christian and I had never felt that way before in the church I grew up in, they were like a cult, they had me  so confused and I didn't know what to do or think. I shortly left that church, because basically Jesus said get out of there. I was constantly praying and asking Jesus was I a Christian, had I missed the mark, was I not living right, because I wasn't going by exactly what they were saying. They judged everything anybody did, and if they didn't like it, you had better make things right with the way they said or you were going to the bad place. I am so thankful that I was living close enough to Jesus, even though they made me feel like I weren't, that I knew the truth of what Jesus had said in His word. I left that church and still for sometime, the things they were teaching would make me doubt myself all over again and then I would look up to Jesus and say I can't handle this on my own, I know in my heart that You,Jesus are truly the only one that can judge me and what these others were saying, was because they wanted to be in complete control, I am so thankful to this today that this church, like cult no longer has a hold on people like they did for so many years. Thank you for letting me know that I only have to please Jesus and He is the ultimate Judge of it all. God bless you, please continue writing these blogs, they are so helpful to me in so many things that I worry over. Love and prayers, May God bless you in every way. 
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Lorna Smetak
Lorna Smetak Tamara, I know what you mean with the church part of it. I have one down the road from me and i promised a friend that i would go with her because she said i trust your opinion and feelings when it comes to people and sermons. So i went. Oh my. I was sitting in the back of the church and they were going over 2Corin. I had my bible opened to that book and what they were saying (I was showing my friend the verses and whispering to her the correct way) and what was in the bible did not match. They made it sound to what there needs were at the time. I got a really aweful feeling so much that it made me sick to my stomach and it brought tears to my eyes.  It took everything I had to stay there and listen to the rest of what was being said. I had to tell my friend that i would not go there again and i advised her not to either. I felt so bad to have to say that to her. Going through this broke my heart. I was just crushed for me to have to say this and for the people that went there.
December 23, 2015
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Deleted Member I totally understand, because I felt the same way, once, I left that church, I sure didn't advise anyone to go there, because I didn't want anyone feeling the way they made me feel. But I am thankful that they no longer have that church going, because I really felt like I was being brain washed, slowly. 
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Thank you so much for your words Tammy! Thank you for sharing your experience. This is liberating for so many to know that they are not alone when it comes to doctrine that teaches you to restrict what you do. In Jesus we have complete freedom to live and to do things in this life that brings the light of Jesus wherever we are. If we go to a place like a skating rink, there will be believers and non-believers there, and wherever we go, we bring the light of Jesus. We have to know that because we have the blood of Jesus covering us, we should never feel limited in what we do or where we go. Blessings and peace to you Tammy!
December 28, 2015
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Deleted Member Thank you and God bless you. Have a blessed week.
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