The Truth that Sets You Free
Scripture Reading: "13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [a]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
19 We love, because He first loved us." ~ 1 John 4:13-19
Knowing that God loves unconditionally changes everything. If you believe this truth, fear will no longer have any hold on you. You may be suffering or in terrible pain and as a result feel unloved. But the fact is, you are loved - deeply and personally.
I don't know why the Lord has permitted your trial, but I do know this: Pain never shouts that God doesn't love you. That's the Deceiver's voice. Did Jesus' suffering indicate that the Father didn't love the Son? No. There are hardships in life we can't always explain, but they can never cancel out or in any way diminish His unconditional love.
Knowing this truth empowers our lives with joy
. How wonderful to realize that, whether you're awake or asleep--no matter what you do or don't do - His love for you never changes.
This knowledge also brings freedom
. You no longer have to keep trying to measure up to some standard in order to be accepted. Since God's love isn't based on your performance, you're free from the bondage of trying to work harder to earn it - which is impossible. You also have the security and assurance
of the Father's unfailing care, even when you've failed. Rely on His love - He will never leave you. His Spirit within assures us of this when we keep our hearts open to listen.
If you've ever watched the ocean, you know that its waves keep rolling into the shore. Sometimes they crash with unbelievable force, and other times they're gentle. Either way, they can't be stopped! Likewise, there's nothing you can do to stop Almighty God from loving you. http://www.intouch.org/magazine/content/topic/the_truth_that_sets_you_free_devotional