Fear and Love

Lately I’ve been thinking about the contrast of fear and love. My wise friend says there are two motives from which we base our decisions: fear and love.

When Believers say things out of fear, it is often because they do not know their
1) Identity
2) Father
3) Inheritance from the Father and access to the Father

When Believers say things out of love, it is often because they are growing in their knowledge of their
1)   Identity
2)   Father
3)   Inheritance from the Father and access to the Father

Simple concept, yet hard to put into action. Let me give practical, real life examples of questions we say or think to ourselves concerning God and/or other people.

Fear-based questions:
What can I do to make you love me more?
If I do ________, will you still love me?
How long will it be before you abandon me?
If I mess up, will you leave me?

Love-based questions:
How can I serve you today?
Who can I bless today?
How do you want me to bless you today?
How can I bless you more in return?

I can tell when I’m asking questions based out of fear or love, because God shows me the motive. Here are some Truths that I have found helpful to help me think and act from love instead of from fear.

When I ask in fear, often times….
I’m trying to attain a standard
I’m trying to set a self-made standard
I’m trying really hard in the natural/physical
My focus is on myself
I’m unsure of my identity
I’m working/striving hard for something
I’m easily discouraged
I’m not at peace
I’m not living in the Reality of my Spiritual Identity: (who I am, who my Father is, my access to and inheritance from the Father)

When I ask in love, often times….
I’m living as though I already attained the standard of righteousness (Romans 9:30)
I’m living according to God’s standard, not my own (Romans 8:4)
My focus becomes less on self and more on God and on others
I’m expecting God to work through me
I’m speaking, thinking, and acting from my identity not for my identity
I’m living in the Reality of my Spiritual Identity: (who I am, who my Father is, my access to and inheritance from the Father)

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us. – 1 John 4:18-19 

For God did not give me a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons and daughters, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15

* clarification point: for Believers, we need not fear, because we are at peace with God (Romans 5:1) and there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). For unbelievers, however, they should fear God, because they are still under his wrath. (Revelation 14:10, Romans 1:18, John 3:36). Because of this, Believers, we
1) Rejoice in our justification and sanctification
and
2) Pray, weep, mourn, fast, and persuade unbelievers with the Gospel of Jesus to repent and know God.

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About morgangascho

I grew up in Iowa, USA (famous for growing corn). I'm contemplative, I love writing, and blogging has become a hobby. Writing worship music is a way to engage in sweet conversation with the Divine Creator of the Universe, Jesus. He is my life. I am hidden in Him and I pray that someday I will know what that means. Until then, I'm seeking His glory, waiting for the day when it will all be revealed to me.
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2 Responses to Fear and Love

  1. Heather Nichols says:

    Good insight morgs!

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