Because we have not surrendered these areas to the power of God's love, we are victims of the absence of love. FEAR! Fear of failure, rejection, being hurt again, and the list goes on.
Fear will paralyze us and keep us from moving forward and growing in the Lord. When we hold on to the fear it is telling God that we don't trust Him to deal with that situation. The negative emotions that are connected to that fear creep deeper and deeper, making it harder Making it harder to let go of the emotion and fear.
That is when God's love steps in. When we allow God to step i
and clean out that hurt, He covers it with His healing love. Not only does love heal the hurt but also removes the fear. It is His Perfect Love cast out all fears. We have to allow God to do His work because He will not just burst in and do it all without our permission. Like when we asked Jesus to be our Savoir, we had to invite Him in, He is wanting us to give Him the control of every area so we can live the abundant life He has planned for us.
As I am writing this the Lord has been working on several areas I am dealing with fear. I was afraid that in order to forgive a person I would mean that I have to take down the barriers I had put up because of what this person has done in the past. I was afraid I would have to let this person back into the relationship that we once had leaving myself open to being hurt by this person again. Then with His love He showed me that I can let go of the fear and emotions that were hindering me, while keeping boundaries.
When we come across fear in our lives, we need to seek His love to remove the fear and heal the hurt underneath it. When He has done His healing work, His love brings peace.