"We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world."
Two things stood out to me as I read this: first, "...and as we live in God, our love grows more perfect..." This is why our having a relationship with Him is so important. We grow by knowing and we know by learning. As we continue to learn and grow we become what we know, since God is love we begin to truly love because our lives are changing. As we put time in any relationship it becomes stronger, how much stronger will we be by developing our relationship with The Lord.
Secondly, "...but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world." Our confidence is because we know Him and our lives have changed to be like His. The Holy Spirit in us gets louder and because we are true friends we listen to what the Spirit is saying. I love listening to people that are excited to know Jesus because they are talking with Him constantly with prayer or reading and they have a glow or light about them. God wants us to talk and know Him so He has given us all we need to find Him.
In Matthew chapter 7 verses 7-8 Jesus says this, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."
This is why we build our relationship daily and never stop learning who Jesus is and how He showed us to live. We need to be confident and let Him continue to perfect our lives by His power in us. Amen