“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.” (1 John 4 :18)
I’m realizing that a lot of the recent issues regarding race relations, foreign policies, disaster relief and the like… have the saints on edge, swinging on each side of the pendulum. Whether we like to admit it or not, believers have developed fears that are being triggered by the current events.
It’s obvious by the responses to these events that we are still carnal in the ways we see things. Are the positions we’re taking lead by the Spirit or simply a personal conviction?
John is challenging us to a level of boldness; he is taking a stance that Christ’s love produces courage outside of our internal or external fears. Fear is the very opposite of love, and fear will always coexist where perfect love doesn’t rule.
Our Father held back nothing to have an eternal relationship with His people. And on top of that, Jesus faced humiliation, physical and emotional pain, even death. Why? Because He loves us.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Our response is to discover our hidden fears, our hidden agendas, our lack of Love and walk as Christ did and lend ourselves as the Spirit leads. Love pushes past the carnal affairs of this world. Love will stand in adversity and love will be remembered through our darkness moments. Perfect love triumphs.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” – Hannah Whitall Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2