No Fear In Love
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
A sister in Christ said to me, one day, “I am afraid all the time. I just want to be me again.” I knew she had many burdens, and I had prayed for her and with her. I asked my friend if fear was changing the situation, or making anything better. She had to admit that it wasn’t. Her dilemma was, her eyes were focused on her problems, instead of the problem solver.
I think all of us, at times, are so blinded by the hurricane of problems surrounding us, we can’t see the goodness of God, peacefully standing, in control, in the midst of it all. When we give our heart to Him, we are no longer ours, but His. If we would pause long enough to grasp this, we would realize His perfect calm during the storms of life, allowing Him to be our strength, power, and peace. Isaiah 26:3 says, “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him.”
The reference in 1 John 4:18 is concerning fear of our eternity, however, this love is applicable to all areas of our lives, even now as we live. We try to define love, but our human standards fall short of the mark. We mostly refer to love as a feeling, because love is something we possess. 1 John 4:16 explains it better, by saying, “So we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. Everyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in them.”
This kind of love is not a feeling, but a being who takes up residency in the hearts of all those who accept Christ as their Savior. The comprehension of the enormity of this, causes our momentary afflictions to be viewed in better proportion; diminutive in comparison.
We will have trials in this life, and we will feel pain, but our fear is replaced with an inward tranquility or resolve, when we understand that the one who created the universe is in us. He who has overcome the world can also help us overcome our problems. God’s perfect love, eradicating our uncertainty, gives way to equanimity of certitude.
When I talked to my friend, at a later time, she was a changed person. She told me she had released her grip on her anxiety, and accepted the reality of God’s love in her, to overcome the domination that fear once held. Her situation had not changed, but her outlook had. She could see through the darkness to the glory of God inside herself. She was perfected in His love, and at peace.
Dearest Savior, Thank you for your perfect love that purifies us from all our imperfections. Amen
~ Jenny Calvert