“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18, NKJV.
I never understood why people avoided close relationships until I encountered hurt in my own life. And just when I thought I was totally free and ready to let people in again, fear would creep in and say, “You know that person is going to leave you when things get tough, so don’t you get too close”, “don’t become so invested”, “and whatever you do, don’t trust…anyone”. I tell you, fear is a terrible friend. It will do anything to keep us in bondage.
In my life, I found myself having to relearn how to trust again. The Holy Spirit is a great friend. He will sit with us like you would next to a person that is driving for the first time after a tragic accident. He will walk with us like you would next to a person that is relearning how to use their legs. He is so patient with our progress and recovery.
Not only this, but He helps us remember what He has spoken over our lives. Maybe the Lord has told you that you will be a blessing to people all over the world and you will change the lives of many up close and personal. Maybe that woman seems so different than the woman you are today. But don’t worry. God will do what He does best. He will transform your life! You will be the woman He’s called you to be, my sister. Not the hurt woman, not the fearful woman, not the angry or bitter woman, but the free woman in Christ!
Challenge: Everyday, choose to do one thing that you’re afraid of that relates to close relationships, even if it is as small as inviting a friend out for dinner. No matter if the person can attend or not, the action alone moves you forward to trusting again.
Prayer: Father God, I thank You that I’m not alone in having to relearn trust. Thank You that there are sisters all over this world who understand exactly what we all go through. Don’t let us change into someone we’re not. Help us fulfill our full potential. Drive out the fear. Free us from emotional bondage. Reveal to us who we are in Christ and help us understand the true meaning of Your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.