For most of my life, fear and doubt have been the subtle (and not so subtle) motivation for a lot of my beliefs and actions. These last couple of years, however, I have been waking up to the profound nature of love. God is love, and Christ is love personified. The more He is revealed, the more I see just how far apart doubt & fear are from love.
They don’t live in the same neighborhood.
They aren’t in the same zip code.
They are mortal enemies who hate each other.
As the scriptures say, perfect love drives out all fear. Doubt & fear have absolutely nothing to do with love. Often, doubt and fear are rationalized as ‘wisdom’ coming from a heart of love. Doubt & fear have a foul aroma, however. It is the stench of death. This death attempts to quench the life of love (Christ) in our inner beings. Thankfully, this stench is noticable to those who have been awakened to the scent of love. Death will not have the final word in the matter. Death has already been, and will eventually be, utterly destroyed.
Over the last few years, some have misinterpreted my revelation of love to mean that I do not believe in a holy hatred and judgement. This could not be further from the truth. The opposite of love is not hate, but fear. Love hates fear & doubt, but love NEVER fears or doubts. As a matter of fact, love is bringing a righteous judgement upon the head of fear & doubt.
A dear sister of mine in Christ, Brittany DiSalvo, wrote an article that beautifully communicates the perspective of love’s inevitible victory over fear and doubt. It touched my heart, and I’d like to share her words with you in today’s post. It is titled:
A Letter to Doubt from the Pen of Grace
I understand why you persist. Your intentions are apparent and your effects are ugly.
You make an illusion of loose ends and unresolved issues to cause a chasing of the wind and further illusions of deficiency. You allure your subjects to paths without peace and clouds without rain. You are vicious.
Lately I have been particularly aware of your attraction to those who have been captured by a certain grace. You bombard their minds with humanly reasonable thoughts, far-from-living waters of the worst intent: To snuff out the hearts ablaze with grace’s flames.
You will do anything in your power to keep as many as possible from realizing the tender, zealous, earth-shattering, all-encompassing grace of God in Christ Jesus. You can’t do anything about His triumph over you, so you try to keep the earth-dwellers from experiencing the mystery of God. But oh how it must remind you of your defeat when a soul exhales into rest in the Spirit of the Living God and freely enjoys His ceaseless embrace!
You play dirty. And if I were you, I would too. Because I am sure you have seen the effects of this grace. I bet you writhe when I dance, and choke when I sing. Surely, you must know what you are up against. But in case you have forgotten, let me remind you. Not with my words, but with His power.
You are in an arena with the Lion of the tribe of Judah. You have come against those who are eternally more than conquerors. I am sure you remember your dealings with Him. You have come against warriors whom you are trying to blind to their weapons, yet their desperation leads them to realizing the power they have in the love of Jesus Christ. You have been disarmed. All you have to fight with are lies and schemes that are beautiful stories in the making.
And did you know that your attempts actually serve to aid in a person’s realization of the truth that sets them free? Do you realize that even your dirtiest scheme is picked up and used for your Enemy’s purposes? You are shooting arrows that are morphed into precious lilies. You are opening your mouth to bite and devour, but your attempt dissolves into a gentle kiss. You can’t win.
Who is sabotaging every one of your schemes? Who resurrects when you kill, restores when you steal, and rebuilds when you destroy? Who is sovereign? Who is Mighty to Save? Who makes all things new?
Who else but Jesus Christ the righteous? Who else but the Savior of the ones you can’t have?
You know Him, but not like I know Him. You hear His voice, but not the way I do. You too shudder in His presence, but not with delight. You have a future with Him, but mine is brighter. Bright, actually, with the glory of the Lamb that you thought you destroyed. You thought His blood meant His defeat…but it actually brought about yours. Sucker.
Grace is the name of the covenant that will never pass away. May the ones under this grace revel in it daily, walk in it freely, and intimately behold the One who brought it into existence. -Brittany DiSalvo-
Be encouraged brothers and sisters, love cannot be defeated.