Fully formed in love

love

I was convicted by this verse from 1 John.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. (1 John 4:18 MSG)

I was humbled because I woke up this morning anxious about my job, my family, … I was humbled because I know (head) that God loves me, but apparently I don’t know (heart) that God loves me.

You can live a life free from fear. Take a moment; say that out loud. I can live a life free from crippling, suffocating, debilitating fear. Say it and believe it.

It may not happen over night (at least it hasn’t for stubborn, rebellious me), but God says that there is no fear in his love. I believe that:

God. Is. Love

and I am growing into his fully formed love. Here was my prayer this morning.

God, I ask your forgiveness for stubbornly refusing your love and trying to navigate this life on my own. I ask for your patience as I learn to trust in your love for my safety, peace, and joy. Thank you for your endless, unconditional love and mercy and grace!

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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