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.”
Fear has to do with punishment or judgment. Can you imagine the fear that gripped Adam and Eve after they sinned? (Genesis 3:1-19) This was a feeling they had never experienced before. It had to be horrible knowing that you blew it in such a big way. Then having to live out the remainder of your life with that knowledge while growing old, getting sick, etcetera, and eventually dying.😥
Fear is not our friend. It’s as if fear mocks us after we’ve done wrong and horrifies us.👹 On the other hand Love is our friend.😊 Perfect love drives out all fear. Love is treating God and others as we would want to be treated. Love always does what is right. Hence there is no fear in love, and because no laws are broken there is no terror of judgment or punishment. Instead love upholds God’s law:
Matthew 22:36-40 NIV “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS DEPEND ALL THE LAW and the Prophets.”
The person who lives by the 1st and 2nd greatest commandment you just read will not live in fear. Yet because none of us are without sin fear creeps up on all of us sometimes. We all fall short of God’s law. (Romans 3:23-24) But those who love God will always repent.
Wonna live life without fear relatively speaking? The remedy is to live a life of godly love.😊 Learn what it means to love God’s way. Devote yourself to loving God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. As our love grows so will our knowledge, insight, wisdom, courage, and every other good quality. Love is God and God is love. (1 John 4:8) Love is the most powerful thing in all the universe!😃 Love destroys fear!
Philippians 1:9-11 KJV “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
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