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Love Without Fear—Love in Action
Series: What Can Love Do for You?
(Adapted from the book, Love is Not an Emotion—Learning to Love No Matter What)
Shanna D. Gregor
Worry and anxiety plague our nation today. From childhood and late into adulthood we face all kinds of fears. Fear is the opposite of faith. It strives to destroy all that God desires for us to have. God, in His love has provided all we could ever need to combat this enemy of our faith—love is the answer to fear.
My children learned at a very young age that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Although both my children approached life fearlessly, my oldest son battled nightmares for a season when he was very small. Through his own faith and our prayerful agreement with him each night before he went to bed, he overcame them.
From the time my youngest son was born, we played scripture set to music in their bedrooms at night. One scripture in particular is from 2 Timothy 1:7: God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind. My husband, Blaine would crawl on his hands and knees into their bedroom in the dark. The boys didn’t know he was there—listening. My youngest son memorized the entire CD. He would say the Bible verse before the words came through the speakers. He learned those words at a very young age and is still quick to quote them today.
One Wednesday night at church, the teacher for the two-year-old class caught me in the hall. My youngest son was nearly three-years old. She told me what had happened earlier that evening in her class. The class was about to go outside, and it was dark out. One of the little girls in my son’s class began to cry, saying she didn’t want to go outside because it was dark, and she was afraid. My son put his little face directly in front of hers and told her, “We don’t have to be afraid outside. God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. God says we don’t have to be afraid.” The teacher supported his statement and hand in hand, the two of them went outside to their activity.
Sometimes we need the faith of a child. He told her what God’s Word said, she accepted it, and fear left. Fear, when face-to-face with faith and love, is instantly defeated.
Ephesians 3:14-20 tells us as we are established in love, God grants us an understanding of Himself—the length, the breadth, the height and the depth. At that point, we can intimately know and experience His love for us. The deeper we are in Christ—the anointed one and His anointing, (remember, the anointing is God’s power on flesh doing what we naturally cannot do.) We will know the love—God’s power, or the ability to love the way that God loves—which is the length, height, and depth of God and all His goodness.
Fear’s assignment is to attack y ...
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