Good morning, Father.
Thank you for a brand-new month, full of opportunities to know you better! Please help me keep my eyes on you today, Lord, and not be distracted by my fear. Help me to be comforted by the fact that you are with me and you care for me. You will protect me and make me able to do what I need to do, even when they are way outside my comfort zone. You will help me meet my deadlines and to do my work well. And you will help me be brave and not launch into some crazy panic attack when the time comes to face my fear again. Thank you, Father!
1 John 4:18-21 ERV
Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is his punishment that makes a person fear. So his love is not made perfect in the one who has fear.
We love because God first loved us.
If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters in his family, we are liars. If we don’t love someone we have seen, how can we love God? We have never even seen him.
God gave us this command: If we love God, we must also love each other as brothers and sisters.
Lord, I can see no hate at all in my heart — even for the people who have hurt me most in this life. Thank you for your awesome forgiveness and mercy, Lord! Yet I DO see the destructive fear I have inside me today, doubting my own abilities and by extension doubting YOUR ability to protect me and make me ABLE, make me STRONG. I do not want this fear, my Lord. Help me to give it to you, and trust in you. I do not want my fear to prevent your Love from working in me and through me, Lord. I want to be FREE of fear. I realize that when the time comes, I will boldly do what I must, and that I will trust you THEN. It is the waiting time, the anticipation, the worry that is getting me. Help me give my worry to you, Father, and just be a little child and trust you. Amen.