The king . . . held out to Esther the golden scepter. . . . Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
OUR HELP IN TIME OF NEED
“If he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.”
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.—Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.— For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.—We have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.—Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Esth. 5:2; Ex. 22:27; 1 John 4:16-19; Heb. 10:22;
Eph. 2:18; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16