Written by: Tim Wood

The Bible tells us that God loves us with perfect love. His love for us is not like any other love we can experience. God cares about you too much to leave you in any doubt about His love. In 1 John 4:18 we read, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love” (NLT).

If God loved us with an imperfect love, we would have cause to worry. Human love is flawed. It keeps a checklist of our sins and shortcomings and consults it often. God keeps no such list. His love casts out our fear because it cast out our guilt. John writes, “If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart” (1 John 3:20). When you feel unforgiven, question your feelings but don’t question God. Go back to His Word; it outranks self-criticism and self-doubt. Nothing fosters confidence like a clear grasp of God’s grace, and nothing fosters fear like ignorance of it. The fact is, if you don’t live in the grace of God you are destined to live in fear.

Nothing puts your mind at ease like the unconditional love of God. Nothing takes away your fear like the immeasurable love of God. Nothing will eradicate your intimidations like the perfect love of God. Are you living in God’s love? Are you living in God’s grace and forgiveness?  If not, confess it to Him and receive the perfect love of God. The place of confession is the place of cleansing and confidence. Your prayer can be as simple as, “Lord, I admit I’ve turned away from Your love and grace. Please forgive me. I place my life in Your hands and my trust in Your grace. My confidence is in Your faithfulness and steadfast love.”

God loves to hear prayers like that because God is a God of love and grace and mercy!

Now that you’ve prayed – live out your prayer in Jesus Name.