“I just feel like I have no faith,” she said. “I mean, I know what I believe; I know all the truths about Jesus. But I feel scared. I doubt my life, I worry, I don’t feel peace. I don’t know where my faith is anymore.”
Have you ever felt this way? Like all the pieces are in place for your walk with the Lord, but you feel as though something is missing? Like maybe you need a GPS to find your faith again — not that you don’t have your Faith with a capital F. But more that you are looking for that feeling of faith, that surrender and hope and knowing that God has it all in his hands?
I’ve discovered something lately, and it’s a perspective on the world that sort of blew my mind. It’s this: Humans are not faith-less people.
I know that sounds crazy, but think about it — we always put our faith in something. Our faith is in one of two places. We either have faith in love, or we have faith in fear. There is no in-between.
Allow me to explain.
If our faith is in love, our faith is in God. Because God is love — he is also hope, peace, forgiveness, patience. All those things describe love, don’t they? The root of all those things is love, they are all the fruit of love, and God is love. He isn’t just described as love; he IS love.
So if our faith isn’t in love, it is in fear. The opposite of love. Think of any other place we can find ourselves that isn’t love — anger, abandonment, judgment, hatred, disappointment — the list of emotions goes on. But the root of all of these things is fear. We are either growing or decaying; we are either putting our faith in love or our faith in fear.
Perfect love casts out all fear — almost all of us know this truth, but the power behind it still blows me away. All of my angst today, all of my worry, or my anger or my despair or my doubts. All of those fears can be surrendered over to love. God wants so badly for us to be free from pain and sadness and worry that he invites us into his warm embrace and gives us his abundant love as a “weapon” against not only all of our fears, but the fears of everyone around us as well.
Even if I have surrendered my day over to Love, and have chosen to place my faith in love today, I’m going to encounter a whole lot of people who have chosen the opposite, aren’t I? Either because of tragic or just uncomfortable circumstances or because it’s just plain habit — so much of the world around me is choosing fear right this very moment.
It can be overwhelming. And sometimes I feel like the bravest thing to do in a world of fear is to walk through it with nothing but love. The Love that only Jesus can pump through my veins, the kind that casts out anything that isn’t in love or from love.
I have much to learn about getting out of the way, surrendering all my fears and allowing Love to go before each of my steps. I’m learning that being Love-brave in a world of fear is effortless when my faith is where it needs to be. The wake behind my Love walk will be growth, healing, forgiveness and abundance. That was the wake Jesus left, wasn’t it?
So today, I want to see you be brave, too. Take stock of where your faith is — is it in love or is your faith in fear? Let’s be brave together. Let’s be love in a world of fear. Let’s be Love.