Perfect love casts out fear!
Do you love the Lord? Do you comprehend the love God has for you?
Simple as this may look, the reality of these truths operating in our lives will help us have a healthy relationship with the Lord.
You can only be comfortable with someone that you know really loves you. If a person loves you and you offend them, once you repent and ask for forgiveness you are rest assured that it is over. Will you run away from such a person? No! you will run to them and not away from them. If you offend such a person and you get disciplined what will be your response? You will receive the discipline with gladness knowing that it is for your good.
Saying all this, be rest assured that God loves you. Would you allow your only son to die for anyone? Not many will say yes, but this is what God did for us. John 3 16
Loving the Lord will all our heart as required of us in Matthew 22:37 and we understanding the love that the Lord has for us is essential to live a victorious Christian life.
David is a good example of this. After killing Uriah for Bathesda the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to him. This is what this what the Lord told him:
2 Samuel 12
1And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
13And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
15And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
18And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
This was the verdict of Davids actions and the above is the Word of the Lord. The death of the child was the first manifestation of what the Lord said.
However this is what is interesting, of a truth David was a man after Gods own heart. While what this means has a lot of depth, one aspect of being ‘ a man after God own heart’ is to know the Lord, and l think it is safe to say ‘ to know Gods heart for you’ which is love.
Not many people will receive this verdict and still stand strong but David did. In spite of these serious words, lets see what David did.
2 Samuel 12: 19 – 20
But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
David went into the house of the Lord and worshipped.!! He had just been punished by the Lord, his child died. David did not shrink away from the Lord, but ran to Him and worshipped Him. Only a person who knows Gods love for him and His ways can do that for ‘perfect love casts out fear!!)
Others that are insecure in the love of God would hesitate to have another child with this woman again. But what did David do? Please dont misunderstand me, yes David did wrong and he paid a very heavy price for what he did, but he did not shrink away and ran back to the one who loves him.
2 Samuel 12: 24 – 25
And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.
Here again you can see the evidence of ‘perect love casts out fear’, David was not afraid to have another child with the same woman. He knew that ‘paying the price’ for what he did has nothing to do with the love God has for him. The Lord loved the child and Solomon, gave us the book of proverbs.
David said in Psalm 119: 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Have you done something wrong? Have you repented and asked the Lord to forgive you? Or are you paying a price for what you have done? Paying a price for what you have done should not shake your confidence. Its just part of family life. When a dad disciplines his son, does it meant that he does not love his son again? No, and No!!.
Loving God will all your heart and understanding His love for you will cast out fear. No need to fear, the lord loves you dearly, you are still part of His family, you still have a destiny to fulfil.