There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love
(1 John 4:18 NKJV)
Beloved, this verse above, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance as I was reading in chapter eight of “Beautiful Battlefields” by Bo Stern. Continue reading on to see what He had so say and show me. With that being said, I now invite you into my HEART...
Bo, was speaking about all of us having the choice to know that God absolutely loves us (John 3:16) and chooses us personally and intimately and His love is not based upon our merits, but based off of His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). She further was eluding to in her words about a woman named Stella who did not struggle with whether God exists, but rather, if He actually loved her after the life she had lived and the things she had done (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:8).
At this point, the Holy Spirit (and I praise Him for this), being true to Himself, caused me to remember the words from the Holy Text found in 1 John 4. But the beloved Spirit spoke this into me in a brand new way.
He told me that, ‘in fear, in doubt, in struggle, the only thing that we all have left is choice.’ Many like to use the unbiblical statement “Free-will” in which cripples the believer and unbeliever alike, to fully comprehend, that choice was never free, but it came at a high price! This price was the lifeblood of the very Son of God Jesus (1 John 4:9-10).
It is in fact biblical to have choice, not to have a free will. The choice was plainly set before us. Life or death as spoken by the Holy Spirit through the prophet Moses (Deuteronomy 30:11-20).
In this life we live, we are all from birth heading towards a collision course that leads to hell (Psalm 14:1-3; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:12-21), but by the grace of God through the very Son of God (John 3:16-17), the Sacrifice for the atonement of our sin (Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:8), Jesus triumphantly paid, showing once and for all that yes, there is choice, and He choose to die then we could live! (Mark 10:45; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Amen.
Many, wonder why I speak and write the way I do. I can’t help it. I am compelled to do so. I have been thoroughly persuaded by the very love of God, by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 12:3) through the visible image of Love Himself, that is, the Lord Jesus Christ, to follow Him and lived as He lived (1 John 2:6; John 13:15). Amen.
There are those who have many friends, and their friends flock to them as niceties are what they speak like a fountain flowing with free fruit punch, but they’re those of us, who are compelled to speak, teach, bear witness to and live as He the Christ lived (1 Peter 2:21), as it is the only way for them to know the Way to be reconciled to God, the Truth about God’s infinite love, and the abundant life (John 10:10) that awaits them in Jesus Christ alone. Amen.
Though I don’t have many friends, I stand confident in this, you have no worry to ponder God’s love, nor fear about tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34), as you are positioned to choose Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! (John 14:6) Amen.