PRAYER: Please pray for Debby. She lost a friend and is requesting prayer through this….
DEVOTION: “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.” – 1 John 4:18
Perfect love expels all fear. Perfect love drives out fear.
This love. This perfect love that John is speaking of. It drives out our fear. What does that mean? I looked it up. This is a different take on this explanation:
“Fear is associated with punishment. The believer has been fully forgiven of sins. The one who knows Christ in true fellowship lives for Him and does not need to fear future punishment. The person who experiences fear “has not been perfected in love.” In other words, those who fear punishment don’t have a complete or mature relationship with God. This certainly applies to unbelievers, but can also include believers who are not growing in Christ. It is the growing, maturing believer who can look forward to the future with joy rather than fear.”
The growing, mature believer. I think I like that. If we are constantly growing, constantly evolving in our relationship with God, we continue to gain trust. This trust leads to our communing more with God and relaxing our fears.
Today. Grow. Let love in. Let love drive out fear as your relationship and trust with God grows.