perfected in love

Posted: December 21st, 2011 | Filed under: life | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” -Romans 8:15

You’re a butterfly in the rain. The furious flutter to be is reduced to trying to survive the journey through the rain to get home. All the while the depth is tugging on you. “Come home.”

You’re here in the struggle, trying to make three stretch to five and to make Not Yet expand to content. “I’m trying.”

Fear is the dictator of your peace.

You want to get it right, but you don’t know how. ‘Don’t do that and don’t do this.’ A whole life of not doing what you’re not supposed to do. A slave.

You’re not an indentured servant, slaving to earn your freedom.

Jesus came to free you from weight on your wings.

…and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. -Hebrews 2:15

The weight is the law and you can’t earn your way. Trying is proof that you have not learned your lesson.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. -1 John 4:18

Perfected in love is a process brought on by your own failure. Don’t you see it? Failure has been repurposed. Don’t you know what it feels like to be rescued? Jesus tends to the fire starter while He lets the house burn to the ground.

‘Perfected in love’, means that you have nothing to fear. No punishment is awaiting your pathetic attempts. The bill collector isn’t calling to harass you, He’s calling to let you know that the debt has been satisfied. Stop avoiding Him. Stop living to ‘not sin’ and start living in freedom.

Freedom from fear. Perfected in love.

You think you can only answer when you have the payment. But, in that world, the debt accumulates interest and you’re getting further and further away from being able to answer. Don’t you know? You’ve been set free from that world.

Righteousness does not come from sweat. Righteousness comes from faith in Jesus.

Stop running. Nobody is chasing you.



3 Comments on “perfected in love”

  1. 1 Matt Logan said at 3:54 pm on December 21st, 2011:

    "Jesus tends to the fire started while he lets the house burn to the ground". Wow. That imagine will forever be instilled in my mind. This is such a beautiful was to explain something that we so often forget and overlook. The devil is always feeding us lies, either from his own lips or through the lips of those around us. We must work harder. We must put in the time. I wonder what would happen if we truly understood that Christ is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf, pleading His own blood as atonement for our mistakes, failures, and sin. Christ truly is beautiful…

  2. 2 exegete77 said at 7:00 pm on December 21st, 2011:

    Serena wrote: “The weight is the law and you can’t earn your way. Trying is proof that you have not learned your lesson.”

    So true. Good words, Serena. I find it significant that Paul addresses those who want to be perfect trying to go back under the Law. And then he writes: “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” By trying to reinstitute Law keeping, they were prevented from obeying the truth. The Gospel is the only thing that can free us to be his children.

    Thanks, Serena. Blessings in Christ,

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  3. 3 Eileen said at 9:18 am on December 22nd, 2011:

    LOVE this Serena. Thanks. The ONLY thing chasing me and pursuing me is His love and His grace!!
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