“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18, NKJV.
Jesus could have easily come to earth, completed His assignment and went to heaven to sit down next to the Father. He didn’t have to choose disciples to invest time with. He didn’t have to have relationships with anyone. Yet, He chose to give of Himself to others and let them come close enough to be impacted by Him. Likewise, we’re not called to simply come here, complete our purpose, go to heaven and that’s it. We were made for relationships.
If Jesus didn’t isolate Himself from people, neither should we. He knew He would be betrayed, denied, and abandoned by His friends, but He still chose to have them in His life. Some of us live with fear of being hurt or fear of hurting others, so we avoid close relationships with anyone. But what if Jesus feared being hurt, disappointed or used? If He operated in fear, we would not have such a great example to follow.
Some of us have given up on experiencing unconditional love in a human being. We know Jesus loves us and will never leave us, but we can’t say that about people. Even if you’ve never experienced unconditional love from a human being, don’t let that stop you from being what you desire to see. Let the love God has poured into your heart overpower all your fears. You were made for relationships!
Prayer: Father God, I repent for drawing away from people. I’m afraid of being hurt. I’m afraid of hurting others. I ask that You help me overcome this fear with Your love. Help me God to see relationships the way You see them. You’ve given Your love to me so freely, and it’s wrong for me not to give it away. Thank You for giving me an example to follow. Help me not be so purpose-driven that I forget my real purpose to love and have a relationship with people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read 1 John 4:18-20; Hebrews 10:25)