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 we are loveable and are not damaged goods. We may stop from trying something new because we fear failure. Why? Because we believe is we fail we will be rejected or abandoned. Indeed, someone with conditional love may reject us but that does not mean we are unlovable. It does not negate God’s unfailing love for us. God’s love trumps those that would reject us based on performance. Their rejection is not the final word! God’s is. That is what John meant when he wrote. “Perfect love expels all fear.” Today consider how much of what you do is motivated by fear. Consider the lies you believe, the false consequences that push you into panic and bring them all to the Cross of Calvary. Let God’s perfect love expel all your fears and especially your false fears.
Father, help me with fear. I need your wisdom to know the truth and not believe lies that send me into panic. More than wisdom, I need to know Your perfect love. Help me live in that love without fear. In Jesus’ name.
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