Daily Bread - October 7, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 07 October 2019 06:36
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love - perfect love cast out all fear,
because fear has torment. Now he who fears is not perfected in love.

Part 2 ~ No Condemnation In Love

Dwelling confidently in God's love for us gives us a bold faith. The
love-trust that we should have in God is where faith grows -a faith that is
supplied by the Holy Spirit, which works by love (Galatians 5:6).

When Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, heard that his daughter was dead,
Jesus said, "fear not, only believe" (Luke 8:50). Faith and doubt cannot
exist at the same time, just as love and fear cannot exist at the same
time. The condemnation of wrong-doing and sin grips a person with a fear of
separation from this love. But if we will walk after the Spirit, our heart
will not condemn us. If we will stay in this peace and union that has been
supplied through Christ Jesus, then we will have confidence before God, and
whatever we ask, He will do it (1 John 3:21-22). To this end and for this
cause, we must build up ourselves in our most holy faith, praying in the
Holy Ghost, and thereby keep ourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:20-21).

There is also a holy fear: the fear of the Lord that belongs to the realm
of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3, 33:5-6). It is the awesome reverence for God
and His eternal ways. It is a disdain for evil and iniquity (Proverbs
8:13). In the love of God, this kind of holy fear will only increase,
whereas the fear that belongs to the realms of darkness will be completely
removed.
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