In my previous post, I commented on internal fears that can influence how we approach life. I am becoming increasingly aware of the influence of fear in my own life. As I contemplated this issue, I was reminded of these verses:
“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love. We love because he first loved us.”1 John 4:18–19, CSB
John is offering this as a binary choice; it is either love or fear, it cannot be both. When I allow fear to operate in my life, it is because I am not allowing God’s love for me to displace my fear.
I suppose that there will be additional observations forthcoming in future posts, but for now, I’m reflecting on these verses from 1 John and asking God to displace my fear with his love.
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