There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. (1 John 4:18)
Let’s take a moment to explore this topic of fear together.
First of all, its important that we recognize that every fear, except for the fear of the Lord, is part of the kingdom of darkness that seeks to steal God’s peace from us. The origins of our fear can be traced back to Adam and Eve who chose to embrace Satan’s fallen nature when they believed his deception about not trusting God.
As new creations, we are on a different path that leads to life. We are learning how to walk by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Old lies stay with our old nature, and they remain at the cross so that we can embrace the new life that God has designed for every person who truly believes in His Son.
The perfect love that we speak of comes from God, because God is the author of love, and every ungodly fear is removed by love. As we learn to trust in God, His love is established within the depth of our soul, where He is faithful to complete His work within us.
Every ungodly fear is driven out by God’s perfect love, so that we can rest and remain in Him. We look to Him for everything we need, just as a branch looks to its vine for everything it needs.
So, the next time you are overwhelmed by fear look for God’s perfect love. Fix your eyes on Jesus Christ, for His eyes are filled with love for you.
Give me your eyes to see clearly whenever fear tries to blur my vision. I welcome your perfect love to drive out all of my ungodly fear. Thank you for settling me on the inside, and bringing me your comfort, whenever I feel afraid. Amen.