There is no fear in courageous people…There is no fear in mentally healthy people…There is no fear in people who have an easy life…There is no fear in anybody else as much as there is in me…No! No! No!
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.
1 John 4:18
GOD IS LOVE.
1 John 4:8, 16
There is no fear in love.
Perfect love drives out fear.
Fear is concerned about punishment.
I’m not perfected in God’s love if I fear.
God is love.
Five powerful, clear statements in just two Scripture verses in the same chapter of God’s Word. Five powerful, clear statements that as a believer in Jesus—with the belief that God speaks His truth, His living and active Word to me through the Bible—I have to contend with on a personal basis.
Do I truly believe that no matter what has happened in my life, may be happening right now or is yet to happen that I do not have to fear? At all?
Do I believe that God, who is love, truly loves me and is truly in control of all of my circumstances? And since God is in control, I don’t have to fear even when I am not in control? Do I really believe this?
And what about my own sins? Do I believe in God, who is love, to have full mercy on me no matter what I have done? Do I believe that God will not punish me because Jesus has taken the full punishment for my sins? Yes, there may be earthly consequences, and even embarrassing, humiliating circumstances I may experience because of the sin choices I have made. But! Do I really believe that no matter what I may experience—even if it feels like punishment (because I hate to be embarrassed or humiliated!)—that in God’s perfect love there is no room for fear?
And if I am fearing, will I face the truth that it is really because I am not letting God be God?
Human fear is often still an attempt to control the situation. We play out the scenarios that we see coming at us. We won’t trust that God sees what we cannot. And we too often forget that God loves us…that God is love…and that God’s perfect love will drive out our fears. If we will let God be God!
Our human fear may also move us to try to keep our circumstances hidden and covered. We’re afraid of people finding out that we are frail, flawed and finite. We’re afraid that they may turn their backs on us, reject, ridicule us or make our life a living hell filled with shame. I’m not saying that other frail, flawed and finite people won’t do that to us. All of those things have been done to me at one time or another.
But! God never changed His love for me. God never changed His view of me. God calls each of us to be real and not fearful of being found out! God calls each of us to humble ourselves so that His perfect love may drive out the fear of humiliation that may unjustly and cruelly come from others.
We are to be conformed to the image of Christ. Not consumed with preserving our own image.
May God’s perfect love drive out all fear in each of us so that we may be fuller, freer vessels of our Living, Loving, Holy Lord Jesus Christ! Amen and Amen!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane