Week 6 No Fear in Love
In the book of Romans Paul claims that neither death nor life or angels nor demons are nor present nor future powers nor anything in all of creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. That can be hard to believe, NOTHING separates us from his love.
It seems unbelievable only if we have made God in the image of man. Think about that for a minute, what image have you made him in? Chances are that image is a fictional one.
God defines the characteristics of Love in 1 Corinthians 13. Does Father ask us to love in a way that He does not? How far is the east from the west? They will never touch. He cannot be provoked by me, and He holds no record of my wrongs.
Our Father never wants to separate us from Him, just from our sin. The Love of your Father is so great that He desires to remove every barrier to your union with Him.* You must understand this Love before you can truly take up your roles as the sons and daughters of God.
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:8-14 NIV
God is infinitely good, far more loving and gentle and kind to his children than any earthly mother or father imaginable.*
God is infinitely complete; nothing can threaten or disturb him. Nothing can be taken away from him, making him less than complete, or added to him who is already complete.*
*Dekker, Ted. Vanderbush, Bill. The Forgotten Way, pp. 245, 36.
*** I drew out the compass and lettering in my sketchbook until I got what I wanted and then traced into the column with pencil. Just FYI, it’s really hard to trace circles. Then I smudged Gelatos with my sponges. I used colored microns to trace lettering and the compass. Then I added pastel Pitt pen details for color.