Message for June3, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

1 John 4:7-8  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

      The above Scripture tells us that “love is God” and “God is love”. Love is a basic characteristic of who God is. Whatever God does is influenced by His love. The Greek for the love God displays is the word “agape” and it refers to a benevolent and charitable love that seeks the best for the loved one.

      Nothing shall separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

       Perfect love cast out fear. John 4:18. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

      Overcoming fear is learning to have total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced the fiery furnace without fear (Daniel 3). Trusting God is how Stephen stood before his killers fearlessly (Acts 7).

      To trust God is refuse to give in to fear. Even in the darkest times, we can trust in God to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. Once we have learned to put our trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence, “Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you”. Psalm 5:11

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