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Freeing Love

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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18

You are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 NLT

The fear of the Lord is a good thing for every heart to have. Our reverence, honor, and holy awe of God, motivate us to depart from evil and live clean lives that please Him.

A life of sin, rebellion, and disobedience toward God brings a different kind of fear into the human heart. It is the fear of standing before a holy and just God to give an account of our lives. This can be a tormenting fear. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings to us the good news that the Lord, and He alone, has delivered us from this and every other kind of fear. Without the Gospel, the fear of being lost and separated from God would continue to hold each of us in its grip.

The freeing power of the Gospel is the power of love. Only the love of God can take fear by the nape of the neck and cast it from our lives.

What kind of love is God’s freeing love?
Perfect love!
Unconditional, eternal, undeniable, unchangeable, inexhaustible love.
Holy love.
Truth-love.
Promise-love.
Covenant-love.
Jesus’ love—redemptive-love, justifying-love, forgiving-love, atoning-love, salvation-love!

It is Christ who suffered for us, who took our death, who took our judgment, who took our separation from the Father and made our reconciliation to God possible.

Live in the daily assurance of His freeing love by living in Christ—It is in Christ that God demonstrates His freeing love for you; it is in Christ that God extends His redeeming love to you; it is in Christ that God imparts His righteous love to you.

Turn to His love.
Run to His love.
Receive His love.
Believe in the truth of His love.
Rest in the security of His love. 

In the light of God’s freeing love, Edward Mote proclaimed, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

George Robinson declared, “Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know; Spirit, breathing from above, Thou hast taught me it is so. Oh, this full and perfect peace! Oh, this transport all divine! In a love that cannot cease, I am His and He is mine.

Horatius Bonar penned, “I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood, I see the mighty sacrifice, And I have peace with God.”

Anna Waring declared, “In heavenly love abiding, No change my heart shall fear; And safe is such confiding, For nothing changes here.”

Is there a proclamation you would like to make today about God’s freeing love in your life? Please share it in our Meet Me in the Meadow comment box…it would be a blessing to hear from you.

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