Perfect Love

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

Here we are in the beginning of February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Valentines Day when we celebrate love and romance; a day when we send flowers, gifts and cards to show our love. We all have an intrinsic desire to be loved and appreciated, God created us that way. What is love? Do we need to celebrate love in the middle of a global pandemic?

We are living in turbulent times. Millions have lost their lives; divorce is on the rise and domestic abuse has increased as a result of the coronavirus. In the illustrious words of Burt Bacharach “what the world needs now, is love, sweet love”. Can love help to heal our brokenness? How can love help us to navigate through these challenging times?

No, doubt, you too have wondered will this pandemic ever be over. And when it is, will our lives return to normal? Or maybe your concerns are about a health challenge, an elderly parent, or being unemployed. All you can feel is fear of the unknown. But, my friend, this is the place where God wants to show you the power of His perfect love.

As we journey through this pandemic, I continue going to the hospital three times a week for dialysis.

One morning as my husband drove me to the hospital, I remembered a familiar Bible verse, “There is no

fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,” (1 John 4:18). As I pondered those words, they began to

drive out all fear and anxiety and brought me great comfort and peace of mind. Perfect love is exemplified through the life of Jesus. Jesus’ love for us is so great that he was willing to lay down his life for us without reservation. He gave himself so that we could have abundant life, that is love.

When we come into a relationship with Jesus, he gives us his perfect love. This love changes us from the

inside out, it is then up to us to receive his love wholeheartedly. Receiving God’s love is a process, it does not happen overnight. We have a tendency to filter God's love through our own experiences. When I came into a relationship with Jesus, I allowed my past experiences to have a negative impact on how I viewed God's love. I had a great deal of difficulty understanding and accepting his unconditional love. However, as I grow in relationship with the Lord my understanding of God's love for me has dramatically increased. Being secure in his love reduces and combats all fear. Fear can only enter the picture when there are parts of us that we have not yet surrendered to be made perfect in love. Learning how to receive God's love is a lifelong undertaking. One that brings about wholeness and allows us to give and receive love.

This Valentine’s day you too can experience perfect love. The love that removes fear and gives us peace, and comfort and frees us from guilt and shame. What about you, if you are not in a relationship with Jesus you can accept his gift of perfect love today. Invite God’s love into your brokenness, ask him to forgive your sins, wash you clean and be your best friend. You can be confident knowing God’s love is all you need.

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