Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
I John 4:18 (NLT)
Not all fear is equal. There is legitimate fear and false fear. God wants to free us from both. With true fear, we need to lean on His love and power. With false fear, we need to lean on the truth. False fear is the anxiety and panic we feel over something that in reality should not trouble us. It is built on a lie. For example, fear of abandonment, rejection, and failure are often the result of feeling unlovable and broken. These are lies. The truth is that God made you loveable and He will never abandon you. He created you and you are not damaged goods. This kind of fear can keep you from being all that God created you to be. Yes, some with conditional love may have rejected you, yes in some people’s eyes you may not measure up but that does not define you. It does not negate what God’s believes about you. God’s love trumps all other opinions, even your own. Theirs is not the final word! God’s is. That is what John meant when he wrote. “Perfect love expels all fear.” Today consider all your self-doubts and negative beliefs that push you into panic and bring them all to the Cross of Calvary. Let God’s perfect love expel all your fears and fill your heart with joy.
Father, help me with fear. I need your truth about me and not believe lies that send me into a panic. I need to know Your perfect love. Help me live in that love without fear. In Jesus’ name.
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