There is one thing that is attracted to an orphan heart more than anything else and that’s fear. Fear and an orphan heart are like two magnets that stick firmly together.
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. (1 John 4:18 NIV)
When Adam and Eve chose to walk in independence and to separate themselves from their loving Father the first thing they said was “I was afraid, so I hid” (Genesis 3:10). They realised their own nakedness, shame and vulnerability and for the first time they felt afraid. Fear took them into hiding.
That’s what fear does, it causes us to hide from the Father and like Adam, there is no hiding place for the Father knows exactly where we are. God calls Adam out of his hiding place and in love he covers his shame and the broken fig leaves of performance and self effort.
Two magnets will stick together if they are aligned in a certain way. However, if you turn one of them around it will push the other one away. That’s what happens with love and fear. Whilst fear is attracted to an orphan heart it will be pushed away when love comes. Love always drives fear away.
Whatever your fears, you can bring them to the Father and ask him, by the power of his perfect love, to drive them away. Fear paralyses, love will set you free.
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Mark Gyde - A Father to YOU