• Beth Hildebrand

Time to clean out your closets:: Part 4 of Passionate Love series


There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.” (1 John 4:18)

Last week I wrote how love has the run of the house. God desires us to feel His presence and passionate love in our homes and in our hearts.

In a home, there’s more than likely a closet. Most probably wish we had more space in them! There’s a few closets in our house that have all sorts of things thrown in there so when company comes over, they won’t see the clutter and mess. Often when our kids are instructed to pick up and clean their room, stuff is pushed under the bed or thrown on the floor in their closet and the door quickly shut. I confess. I do that to the laundry room and hall closet. Am I the only one?

Simply because of the humans we are, there’s a good chance there’s a closet or two in our soul crammed with things we try to cover over or hide. Our fears and failures.

We’ll stuff fears of rejection and the future, failures and deep regret into those closets that we keep tightly shut in the inside. They’re thrown in there to either hide them or forget about them or both.

But John says fear is crippling. We’re not fully formed in love when we fear.

We’re drawn to love – love and to be loved.

Passionately.

God’s love is so passionate, he sacrificed his Son on the cross for our sins.

Knowing and trusting that love-promise, open that door and start throwing out fear and get rid of all the junk that you’ve been hiding and keeping locked up inside.

It’s spring cleaning time. It’s time for new life. It’s time to get rid of dead things and make room for life to enjoy. Clean out your soul and get rid of fear and fill it with love because there’s no room in love for fear.

Then don’t open your door to allow fear to creep back in! Believe that God’s love takes away ALL fears – fear of rejection, fear of the judgement from others and – fear of Judgement day and death.

Instead have assurance, faith and trust that God’s love covers all. When we invite Him into our lives, our home, our closets and every nook and cranny in our lives, Love will banish fear.

God’s love will banish fear.

Rest on that this week as we approach Holy Week next week…the climax of the greatest love story of all.

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