“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
Every person has something that he fears. For each person it is most likely a little different. Some common fears that most people are willing to talk about are fears of snakes or spiders, fear of heights, fear of the dark, and other fears.
While most people will talk about these fears, there are other fears most people will not discuss. Some of these are fear of rejection, fear of a loss of a job, fear of a spouse leaving, fear of God’s rejection and other fears.
The common thing of all these fears is punishment or pain. They expect to get harmed in some way by something and fear that pain.
Love, however, changes all of the expectations. God is the ultimate, perfect love. He has everything under control and wants everything to work out for your benefit. God is not standing up in heaven waiting to strike you down. He is waiting there for you to come to Him for help. That is the whole reason He sent Jesus to die on the cross for you, to help you.
Keep this in mind when something comes up that you fear. Remember the perfect love Jesus has for you. He will not allow anything to happen to you that is not for your benefit.
Some things may come that are painful, but if they draw you closer to God, is it not worth it? If the pain makes you more like Jesus, is it not worth it?
Think of the athlete who pushes his body to be the best in his sport. It causes pain at first but gets the reward later.
God has a reward in store for you. His perfect love will ensure that reward is coming. Allow His perfect love in your life to drive out all fear. Don’t think of things happening as a punishment, but a way to make you more like Jesus.
This love comes from God, and you can pass it on to other people. Do not allow fear in your life, push it out with God’s love in your own life and in the lives of others.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you more; that God’s love will drive out all fear in your life; that you will not fear God or His plans for your life; and that you will have God’s love for all others.