Life is messy sometimes. It's exhausting, hard, and complicated. Many times our own mistakes and plain wretchedness make it difficult. We may want to do what's right, but more often we're drawn to do what's corrupt. Other times, dark strongholds try to take over our lives.
But you know what?
God wants us to keep going.
In Philippians 3:12-14, (NIV) it says, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
As Christians, we will continually sin. We will struggle through darkness. We will go through seasons where we are not producing any good fruit.
-We will not linger in the darkness.
-We will strive for repentance.
Ultimately, God will produce good fruit in our lives as we continually spend time with him. So, if you are struggling today, I urge you to pursue Christ. Seek him in prayer. He longs for us to pursue him in the midst of our messy, complicated lives.
Because when we go to him, as wretched as we are, he responds to us with his perfect love. We are spotless and blameless before him.
You know why?
We are covered in his Son's perfect righteousness.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”
Romans 8:1, NIV
This week, we will continue our study of 1 John. Please join us even if you have opted out in previous weeks. Click here to download the reading guide. Let's begin by taking a closer look at 1 John 4:18, NIV:
“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.”
As you read this verse, consider the following:
What drives out fear?
What fear would keep us from trusting God's perfect love?