Be Not Afraid


Ephesians 3:17-19

That you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

God’s love is so immense…it is boundless. Infinite. And St. Paul says that each of us is “grounded” in that Love. It is beyond anything we can grasp with our finite minds (“surpasses knowledge”). The question is: Are we aware of our rootedness in Love? This takes surrendering our ego’s insatiable desires…a ‘self-emptying’ if you will. We must follow Jesus’ example: “Who, though he was in the form of God, did no regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness, and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-7). When I empty myself of “my” desires (ego)…only then can I be “filled with all the fullness of God.” Paradoxically, it is then that I am born to new life and I discover my true self…love grounded in Love. This is truly Good News!

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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3 Responses to Be Not Afraid

  1. M Charles says:

    Awh…. Thanks for sharing. God bless you and yours.

  2. Clare says:

    True words Bill. Thank God for you. But, I still get confused about Christians. Do they really understand the essence of Christ’s teachings? All these judgments, fear and all? Or is it just I who experience these set of Christians. Am confused. Am I just mystical? Won’t be surprised though coz I never really fitted in. Maybe, it just means I need to totally die to self so I can see nothing else but love.

    • billtonnis says:

      Thanks for sharing that. It’s very confusing to hear some who say they are Christians spewing such divisive, judgmental and hateful things. All I can do is remain faithful to Christ’s teachings of unconditional love and healing as best I can. It’s hard to feel like you “fit in” when you buy-in to Jesus’ call to love God, neighbor and self unconditionally. He said that such people would be “persecuted.” So…if you’re feeling “persecuted” and “cast out”…you are no doubt on the right path!

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