Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).
A growing love for God leads to confident anticipation of the future day of judgment. Believers who grow and mature in their faith need not fear how God will evaluate them in the future. They have been forgiven by God and are obeying His commands.
Rhapsody of Realities with Pastor Chris
Yesterday’s Rhapsody of Realities spoke about Boldness in the Day of Crisis and in the current turmoil and global uncertainty, by loving others we become like Jesus. We need not fear (1 John 4:18), but enjoy God’s love and live it out in serving others, just like Jesus did. Jesus lived among those He served, taught them, prayed for them, served them, and ultimately gave His life for others, leaving a powerful example for our own lives.
Our Man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome gave an example of a Christian man that was kidnapped by a cult a few years ago. He began to speak in other tongues. As he did so, one of the captors came to shut him up, but he spoke in tongues even louder. Soon enough, pandemonium erupted amongst the kidnappers and they kicked him out of their midst. He was freed.
That man’s experience reveals what happens when you’re full of the Spirit; you’re bold! At that moment when trouble strikes, the power of the Holy Spirit would rise in you; words will come out of you in torrents of divine energy.
Victory is assured in the fullness of the Spirit. When trouble comes, you’re ready; you’re bold in the day of crisis. The word “judgment” is from the Greek word, “krisis”—the derivative of the English word “crisis.” It depicts a time of intense difficulty or danger.
Boldness in the Day of Crisis
The Bible says we may have boldness in the day of crisis. With that boldness of the Spirit, you’ll prevail, irrespective of the circumstances or crisis.
The primary way Christians are to be recognized is by love. This is not merely what we feel, but what we do for others. True, godly love is the most powerful evidence of being ”born again” as a child of God. This love comes from God, who loved us before we loved Him. When we live in obedience to God, according to love, we can be confident in our relationship with Him and have no need to fear His judgment. Living according to God’s love takes away our fear of judgment. In no uncertain terms, those who claim to love God, but hate others, are liars.
Pastor Chris goes on to affirm that “With boldness and an undeniable faith, I reign in this life. It makes no difference what I face, I refuse to be anxious or afraid. I declare peace and calmness over circumstances; I’m bold and confident to face life and win because greater is He that’s in me than he that’s in the world. Hallelujah!”