They say that a little fear is good for you. It’s a survival mechanism. Friends, that might be true until Jesus Christ comes into your life, and from a place deep within your soul, the Holy Spirit reminds you of this truth: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.” [II Timothy 1:7 NKJV]
Christ has not transformed our lives so that we might just survive. The risen Christ has renewed and redeemed the whole of creation to thrive. As I share in this season of charge conferences, I look out at the gathered churches – large, small, ethnic, and diverse – and see the community of faith that has, as its legacy, this amazing capacity to hope against hope. I see churches with a common spiritual DNA encoded with a spirit of love, mercy, justice, and shalom. We have, coursing through our spiritual veins, the adrenaline of a contagious generosity. When Christ comes into our lives, we become new persons, with new purpose and power for our living.
We no longer live for ourselves but for God’s high and holy purpose. We let go of our fear, anxiety, and despair. We “lay aside every weight and sin that clings to us so closely….and run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith….” [Hebrews 12:1] With this faith, there is no fear of scarcity, there is always more than enough in God’s economy. With this faith, there is no fear of doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with the Lord. There is no fear in welcoming the stranger.
It is my prayer that in our moments of fear, we can live into the mystery of God’s perfect love in Jesus Christ that casts out all fear. In times of deep fear, may we find rest and perfect peace in the arms of a loving God, finding comfort enough to say with the psalmist, “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.” [Psalm 131:2 RSV]
In Fearless Love,
True peace is letting go, resting in the arms of pure mystery
Needing no answers, simply trusting in what is not always seen.
True love is accepting all of life as a gift celebrating pure delight
At being called God’s beloved, the apple of the creator’s eye.
True justice, when every life can be freely lived without oppressive
Agendas posing as God’s will.
The Love of God in Jesus Christ is Absolute truth.
– by Leonard Fairley
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