“In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world.”
1 John 4:17
Dwelling in Confidence
Sitting in a chair is a very common occurrence. But have you ever just sat down without checking to see if the chair was strong enough to hold you safely? Or do you simply take a seat, resting in complete and total confidence?
When we accept Jesus and commit to following Him, we experience sanctification by dwelling in God and God in us. We want to keep in touch with Him through Bible study and prayer, in order that we may be conformed to Christ’s likeness and have the certainty of remaining in Him. But we cannot allow ourselves to dwell without confidence in Him and in His character.
To Safely Abide
Through our connection to Jesus, we know Him as our Friend and Advocate. Our Christian life here supports our growth and prepares us for the future, a future built on spiritual confidence. We are protected through our relationship with Jesus and therefore should have no fear.
As with the chair, if we have the assurance that we are safe in Jesus, we know He will hold us fast.
In the verses surrounding 1 John 4:17, we see the word “abide” used frequently. That is no accident. We must stay closely connected to Jesus, growing and developing daily as we become more like Him. Our lives will then declare the love of God which is in our hearts, as we love our brethren in Christ.
Free and Fearless, Forever
Verse 17 tells us that as He is, so are we in this world. That means we are able to possess the same traits of character that our Savior has. Because we resemble Him, we need not be alarmed at the prospect of meeting Him. In other words, he who has true love for God will have nothing to fear on the day of judgment. We can approach the awful tribunal where we are to receive the sentence which shall determine our everlasting destiny without alarm.
Our God is not only a God of deliverance, but He also keeps, guides, and preserves us. Those who have put their trust in Jesus are therefore kept eternally safe in God—now and forever free to live in complete and total confidence.
Consider the assurance you have in Christ, not only as you go throughout your day, but into the rest of eternity. Do you feel confident in your salvation? Do you struggle to believe the good news? Speak with someone you trust in the midst of your doubts and concern. Remember that Christ has made a way for you to rest in confidence, with His true and eternal peace.