"Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life."
~ Jude 21
Sometimes when I read the early descriptions about God, I find that I become fearful of the Creator at times. I then think about the relationship that I now have with God because of Jesus. I realize that it is because of Jesus that I have overcome that fear, and I am not afraid of being vulnerable to what God wants from me. If it weren't for Jesus, I'm not sure I would have the relationship with God that I now have.
Without Jesus, God lacked the intimacy that I needed in order to be in relationship with God. There is something about being fearful of God that creates a sense of insecurity and distance within me.
Jesus reminds us that he did not come into the world to "condemn the world." No, he came to "save the world." (John 3:17)
Fear can be among one of the greatest blocks of our spiritual life with God. We cannot spend time in prayer if we are living in fear of the One we are praying to. John writes, "Perfect love drives out fear." (John 4:18)
God's love is perfect. The central message that Jesus provides us is that God loves us with an unconditional love that is present, always! It is not given with expectation, or guided by a fear that leaves us wondering what God will want in return.
God is love. Jesus is the truest example of that love for us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.