I am still thinking on 1 John 4 (see this previous post on fear) and listening to the No Longer Slaves song (have you sung it yet?).
As I wrote last week, I struggle with all kinds of fears. I think the above verse digs a little deeper into our hearts and what drives us. It says that what should be our greatest fears--ultimate aloneness, real death (spiritual and eventually physical) without the Creator's life breathing into ours, and bearing the weight of all our sin--don't have to be realized in Jesus.
Whatever horrors or hardships you face in this life, and there are many, these are not ones you have to face if you choose Jesus.
Whatever awaits us upon death, separation from the Creator doesn't have to be on the list.
He was completely cut off from the life of God (Matthew 27:26). . . so we would never have to be without Him.
He bore the weight of the curse of our sin (1 Peter 2:24)--God's wrath . . . so we could be forgiven and made new.
Friends, this is the secure spot we get to live and grow and obey from! It's not a place of fear, but of love. This is where our greatest growth can happen. This is where our greatest joy overflows.
This certainly doesn't make life easy; but it does fill us with hope and a promise of future victory.
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."