Reasons For Our Confidence

Eddie Cooper

We know there are many who lack confidence. Sometimes there is no confidence because of our lack of ability. I would not begin tearing down the engine of my car because I do not have the ability to work on it. My father has, in the past, taken motors apart, fixed them, and put them back together again. He had confidence in his ability.

In our spiritual life and development, we should have confidence. This confidence comes from God. Yes, we can look at ourselves and have plenty of reason for confidence. Placing confidence in ourselves (especially in regard to eternity) is risky at best. However, we can have confidence in what God has made possible, including the coming judgment.

Let me notice a passage that should provide that confidence. 1 John 4:16,17 reads "So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world." (RSV)

Let me suggest, in the first place, that God loves us and has demonstrated that love. (John 3:16) Take note that God views us as individuals closely identified with His Son, Jesus Christ, and will deal with us accordingly. Therefore, why should we fear when "IN CHRIST" our condemnation has been removed? (Romans 8:1) Secondly, because His love is perfected in us, we can have confidence for the day of judgment. We need not worry about the outcome because we have lived a confident life. Of course, that life includes obedience to His will.

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