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There’s kinda of a cheezy B movie from the 90’s starring Jean Claude Van Damme that I caught a bit of one day on cable. Not to say anything bad about Jean Claude Van Damme nor his fans, but Time Cop is a little out there. Time travel, Van Damme kicks, and justice, I mean, throw in some popcorn and it’s not a terrible afternoon. In one part of the movie, Van Damme’s character, a cop who’s family was killed, goes back into the past to get even with his families killer. Of course he sees his younger self. Someone warns him against interacting or coming in contact with his former self because the same matter can’t occupy the same space. I don’t know if that holds up in a scientific court, but an interesting concept.
The Apostle John writes in 1 John 4:18 - “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
For this scenario, we’ll say present Van Damme is like perfect love. Past Van Damme is like fear. Perfect love and fear do not go together. Fear has to do with punishment, retribution. It’s a warped and distorted view of the right. Love from God is perfect. It is complete and whole. It’s so right and holy, it can’t even take up the same space as fear. Perfect love throws fear out the door, out of the picture. Perfect love Van Damme’s fear.
Don’t live in fear, regret, retribution, vengeance or hate. Don’t live in the past. Live in the perfect present. Live in the complete love of God that He freely gives us - that He wholly desires for us. It’s the only way to be.