How do you see God? Do you see God as a vengeful, severe and punishing God who is ready to pounce on you when you make a mistake, or do you see God as a merciful and loving God? The fear of the Lord in the Bible does not mean to be scared of God, but it means to have a reverence for God. When you revere God, you fear hurting him because you adore him and want to do his will. Those who fear don’t have a perfect love for God. See 1 John 4:18
God sent his only Son to die on the Cross for you, and he would have done that even if you were the only person alive on earth. You are unique and irreplaceable. Imagine how hard that must have been for God sacrificing his only Son for us. Could you imagine giving up your child for anyone else? See John 3:16.
Refuse to believe anyone who distorts the truth concerning the image of a truly loving God who marvels at his creation. Do a google search on God’s love in the Bible, and you will find loads of passages that prove what a great loving God we have. See Luke 15:11-32, Jeremiah 31:3, 32:41, Revelation 21:4, Isaiah 49: 15-16 and Deuteronomy 31:8.
If you feel inferior and unwanted, and have made a mess of your life and even if your sins are like scarlet God wants to forgive you when you repent of them and have a change of attitude with regard to your sins. Remember that you are precious to God. When you have given your life to His Son Jesus Christ you belong to God, and he loves you just as much as Jesus Christ and as the Jews, and you are not a second class citizen, but you have become a descendant of Abraham. See Isaiah 56:3 and John 17:23.
Jesus Christ showed us that he didn’t put his mother, brothers and sisters in first place, but those who did the will of his Father. Those who do God’s will, are those people who love God and obey his Commandments. See Matthew 12:46-50.
When you feel down and life is hard, just seek God in your heart and you will find him. If you live to do God’s will, you need never fear him, but instead of fearing him, you have a great reverence for God, a true adoration for him, and then let God lift you up into his loving arms and carry you through all the difficulties of life and have this wonderful friendship with God where you feel safe and secure in his arms forever.
Written by Marie-Helene and Dominic Bradshaw