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Let All You Do Be Done In Love

There's this wall art in my bedroom based on 1 Corinthians 16:14 which says "Let all you do be done in love." It was so cute, artsy and decorative when I just got it. But after awhile, I totally forgot it was there. Little did I know, God was planting a powerful seed in my heart. I pray that this seed will be planted in your hearts too.

I recently pondered this question: "what is my motivation in life?" Ultimately, what keeps me going? I believe that the God of the Bible created me lovingly and intentionally, and made it possible for me to find Him and know Him. There's a deep desire in my heart to fulfil His purpose for my life. But there was something else I felt that motivated me, and it made me uneasy. It was fear. Will God eventually reject me? What if Jesus says He doesn't know me?

Where was this coming from? I had to get to the bottom of it. The thing is that I grew up watching these Left Behind movies of the end times and rapture with my family. I remember the anguish on the faces of Christians who were not caught up in the sudden rapture. Some were crying, shouting at God or hiding because of shame, fear and confusion. From that point on, I must have decided to be the best Christian I could be, because I didn't want to experience that. Fear of being rejected by God was one of the things that motivated me to keep serving Him. But how could this align with the kind of love that the Bible promotes? 1 John 4:18 (NIV) says:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

In that moment, I confessed to God that I allowed fear motivate me for so long. This fear hid in my heart like a cockroach in the dark. But the light of the Word came on, so it had to scatter. Now that I could see, I took the slipper of love and truth, and crushed it. Then I remembered the wall art.

Let all you do be done in love.

It was telling me something all along that I could not understand at the time. Love motivated God to sacrifice His Son. I serve Him because of love. This love compels me to show love to others. God is removing the fear and perfecting me in real, true and eternal love. Goodbye fear. From now on, love is my motivation.

Reflection Questions

  1. What motivates me in life?

  2. Is there any fear hiding in my heart?

Kerry-Ann McPherson

Project Manager and Managing Editor, VBD Magazine

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Apr 14, 2022




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