by: Carole L. Haines
We are gazing deeper into the freedoms that Christ purchased for us in His death, Burial and Resurrection. Jesus didn’t just free us from sin and its ultimate penalty. He has freed us from so much more, and the deeper we delve into understanding these freedoms, the greater joy we will experience in our walk with Him. In my last post, we discussed that Jesus frees us from guilt. Freedom from guilt is but one gem hidden in the treasure trove of Christ. In the next few posts we will look at freedom from Fear, a tremendous enemy slain by Jesus on the Cross.
Most of us, when asked, “What is the remedy for fear?” would probably answer quickly with, “Courage!” After all God told Joshua to be “Strong and Courageous” four times in the anointing of his ministry to lead the people of Israel after the death of Moses. (Joshua 1:6-7, 9 and 18) After a mighty victory in Chapter 10, Joshua told the people to, “Be Strong and Courageous.” Courage is a very important facet of freedom from fear, but it is not the remedy for it. The perfect love of God is the only thing that can free us from our fears.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)
No human can ever love us perfectly, we are all too imperfect to be capable of such love. I have an amazing relationship with my precious husband of 37 years. But we had to work hard at it. We hit walls we didn’t think we could get through. We have had weary times of mental illness, where he was drenched in depression, or I was overwhelmed by anxiety. But God revealed a truth to me one day that began a melting of my heart and a melding of my soul to my husband’s. When we were at The Wall again, face to face fighting each other. God whispered to my heart, “turn back to back, lock your arms in prayer, and fight the real enemy of your souls and your relationship…Satan, his demons and all his evil works.
That was life changing for me, and I began to fight for my marriage instead of in my marriage. I began to read a book by Stormie Omartian entitled, Power of a Praying Wife, and learned that most things we were arguing about were quote, “shut up and pray” issues. . My husband was so thrown off by my silence that it made him visibly uncomfortable, but I stopped fighting him and I shut up and prayed. God has done amazing things as I have practiced this principle. Perfect love is not possible in a human relationship, but good love, great love, true love, really is. We will delve deeper into some aspects of God’s perfect love as we continue to gaze at the freedoms Christ has brought us next time. Have a blessed day.