This post is part of the 'friday verse series.' Today, may you be free to love without boundaries...free to soar on the wings of love.
“She was afraid to love. She was afraid because she was not sure whether he would love her back. She was afraid to love because she was skeptical of the love of friends. She wasn’t sure if it was real, or if it was just a figment of her imagination. She was scared to soar high on the wings of love. Maybe she loved too much, and maybe they were going to take her for granted. Maybe she gave too much and they took her gifts for granted. Maybe she smiled too much, and they began to take advantage of her. Maybe she was beginning to look like a clown in a circus. Was this how love was supposed to feel? She felt like she was a prisoner of love. She felt like a captive in her own house and with her own people. She felt like a reject in the midst of the norms of society. She felt she gave too much and her favors were not returned. She felt like she was giving discounts on something that was priceless. She felt she was a shadow in the midst of alarming greatness. She felt she could love, but she felt strange about loving. She was afraid to love…”
I read a scripture this morning (1 John 4:18) that said, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
What is there to fear in loving? God is LOVE, and so by loving freely you are emancipating the power of God on the inside of you. By loving so freely, God’s attention is drawn to you like a father is drawn to his son, because anyone who loves is born of God (1 John 4:7). If you love freely, God abides in you and you abide in God. If God becomes a part of you, then God definitely dwells on the insides of you. So if God dwells in you, do you know that the bible says, “if God be for you, then WHO can be against you?” So what’s to FEAR? People are afraid of giving their love to others because they feel the need to be reciprocated. But when Jesus died for our sins, He was not thinking about reciprocation, He was thinking about how much He loved us. He wasn't waiting for us to confirm that we will love Him back after His death. He just gave His love to us freely, and it was timeless and priceless.
There’s absolutely nothing to fear in loving freely. When you love, love will come back to find you! When you love your soul-mate, he or she will love you back in multiple folds. When you give, it shall be given back to you pressed down, shaken together, and running over. When you sow, you shall reap a thousand fold. So when you love, you shall reap love in a thousand ways.
***There is therefore no fear in love.
So love that you may also be loved***