Hate is a vicious perpetual force, a toothache within the heart, which can potentially destroy anyone who harbors it. If allowed to continue festering, or is continually fed by regurgitation of whatever the offense was, the heart cancer can lead to a path of continual destructive choices.
Fear generally materializes from the unknown, but sometimes from the known. Fear can be paralyzing, halting forward motion with whatever the task may be. Fear can be either good or bad, but wisdom, discernment, and faith allow a person to distinguish between an illusional barrier and something that should truly be avoided.
Fear of the unknown, and sometimes the known, can be overcome by faith. When someone is walking with God, faith becomes a natural part of daily life, trusting God to be faithful and honorable. Faith allows a person to progress forward through fears of the unknown, and sometimes fears of the known, knowing God has sovereignty over his entire creation.
In the absence of faith, fear has the power to encapsulate a person’s heart with dread, discouragement, worry, panic, timidity, desperation, and self doubt, reducing someone to a mere skeleton of their true character or potential. Fear can reduce a mighty man to a helpless prisoner, with seemingly no solution for continued forward progress.
But, faith can enable the helpless to do mighty works, knowing God will greatly favor and support those who walk in faith. God will never abandon someone who is completely trusting him, and he knows everything that is going on. But, in order to be a recipient of his great favor, we must be willing to trust him to the end of whatever the matter is, even while much is at risk.
When someone gets to the point where failure at a great cost is preferred over doubting or giving up on God, then angels are dispatched to abundantly support. God is awesome, all powerful, and all knowing, completely trusting him can never go wrong, he will always be faithful to the faithful.
Love is the most powerful emotion, nothing can deter this altruistic force. It’s like when you walk into a dark room and flip on the light switch, darkness must yield, within a person‘s heart love is the light.
The power of love is similar to the determination of a badger, when it becomes determined to pursue, fear or wariness don’t register, the goal remains steadfast. Someone highly motivated with love may walk across the backs of gators to save a loved one, or even a stranger. When our heart reflects the love of God, we do things that seem extraordinary, similar to Jesus dying for us while we were living as his enemies.
It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus on the cross, rather it was his love for us and our Father. He could have called for angels to rescue him from the Cross, but chose to endure, knowing what was at stake. Our Father commanded him to endure the torturous death for the purpose of rescuing others, assuring it is the way it must be done.
Faith is a choice, purposely moving forward while trusting God’s promises, power, and love, it must be flexed as we walk in partnership with God. But love is different, it’s an overpowering emotion, faith cannot be true without love. We don’t need to choose love or make ourselves move forward in love, rather it is our driving force toward altruistic actions.
The power of love leads people to do things they would otherwise lack motivation or vision. Hurdles and fears are undetering when love and faith dwell in the heart, as though only an illusion. By the power of love, the New Covenant replaces the Old, making Mosaic Law irrelevant, because love naturally impels someone to do what is right even in the absence of law.
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