Remember the V-Rod motorcycle I told you about, I sure do? Let me pick up the story and share more about the importance of dwelling well.
If I had chosen to keep dwelling on the V-Rod; researching about it, getting pictures of them and putting them where I would see them often, and generally thinking about owning one, I probably would have ended up buying one. Since owning a motorcycle is not a sin, this may or may not have been a problem.
But what about dwelling on something that is sin-worthy? What about FEAR? This is one of the most destructive topics to consider though lots of others will be explored including: lust, pride, money, people, sports, etc.
1 John 4:18 says that “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.” (HCSB)
Wow, what a verse. It sounds like we either love or fear. What is your first response to this verse?
Does this verse motivate and inspire you immediately to cast off all fear in order to live according to love or to feel some version of defeat? If you recognize your first feelings were on the side of negativity you are not alone. I encourage you to write down, don’t wait, your best definition, in as much details as possible, of your first feeling as you read the verse.
Fear is a dangerous and deceptive emotion when debilitating. It is natural to every human as it protects us from dangers: lions, bears, etc. A healthy fear keeps us focused and aware, but doesn’t keep us from proceeding wisely. Unhealthy fear keeps us from proceeding and traps us.
In the first post I shared the key question regarding dwelling. How does dwelling on something affect us spiritually? Let’s keep this question in mind as we proceed, because what we dwell on either leads to benefits or consequences.
Fear starts off helping us, but if we then dwelling on the object of our fear, it typically becomes all consuming. Fear leads to either benefits or consequences. I believe dwelling is a key principle determining the outcome.
Do you tend to dwell on the object of your fear? Do you often become unable to make a decision out of fear? Remember, maybe memorize, 1 John 4:18. Dwell on love and fear will be kept in its proper place.
Please come back soon for the next part.