“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 New King James Version NKJV)
Because of the power of God’s love for us, there is no reason to fear. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
How do we witness the perilous path of an addiction filled life and not fear getting that fateful phone call or knock on the door? How can we not worry about the long-term prognosis for a life rife with a criminal past or a checkered employment history?
According to John the Evangelist, the answer is love. Fear is not from God, it is not of God. Fear represents the forces of evil at working to keep us from getting closer to God and the abundance that is found in His love.
Fear is a popular word among parents dealing with addiction. I have had it. And, I struggle at times to overcome it. When I assess my son’s situation, there are times when I fear for his future.
Then, I catch myself…
I love my son. One of the true gifts of this journey is discovering the depth of my love for my three children. I always knew I loved them; I simply didn’t understand how much I loved them or, how powerful my love for them is.
Knowing how much I love my children, imagine how much love God has for me. My love for my children pales in comparison to what His love offers me. With that knowledge of the power and depth of His love for both me and my son, what do I have to fear? God has the power to save, to cure, to change lives and to comfort. His love is greater than anything we can possible know. What is there to fear?
Next time you find yourself in that moment of fearful reflection, go to God. Thank God for the power and the gift of His love. Ask Him for a hug — for strength and for guidance. Let God know how much you trust His will and His judgment. Thank Him for his goodness in all aspects of your life. Then breath deep, relax, and move forward. You are loved in ways you cannot imagine. What a comfort it can be, when you embrace this truth.
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