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Wednesday, October 3rd, '18

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PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

"There is no fear in love, because perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment..." (1 John 4:18 NKJV)

 

If fear "involves" torment, that is one involvement that we don't need to get involved with. Torment isn't present until we let it get involved. Perfect love casts out fear. It does so as readily and effortlessly as light casts out darkness. John said there is no fear "in" love. Love doesn't need explanations and answers; it simply trusts. Love doesn't fear what is unseen because it cares too much for the other person to tie them up in cords of jealousy. Love trusts that God is working all things together for good. It is selfless so it can't be hurt or offended. It opens its hands knowing that whatever is released always comes back greater than it went out.

 

Fear can never let go of things. It smothers flowers that would otherwise flourish. It begs "mine" when all is really "Thine". It micromanages life's details and ties leashes to the job, the spouse, the hour hand on the clock and so forth so nothing can escape. Fear has torment. Fear sucks all the air out of the room to insure its own vitality not realizing that others are being smothered, all the while claiming that the tight grip is proof of its great love. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We mature when we learn to release. Cutting each rope that secures the air balloon to the launching platform frees the balloon to fulfill its function, sailing.

 

Parents inevitably have to cut those apron strings. Spouses can live in even greater fear of letting go. Michal despised David in her heart. She didn't want him dancing in abandoned worship and that was a sign of her own insecurity, not a sign of her love. Some spouses are tormented whenever the other walks out the door. Where is he going? Why is he twenty minutes late for dinner? The environment generated in such a stress mill is murder to the other party.

 

 "But if I don't watch my backside I will be taken advantage of, trampled on, made into a doormat". That depends on which position you take. God loves and in loving makes room for our personal freedom. God doesn't lose anything when we make wrong choices; we experience the losing. He just goes on loving. He doesn't live in a constant paranoia, making others walk on eggshells in His presence. Because He loves He pours out grace. There is not the least torment. A lesser mind would interpret that God just really doesn't care. If He cared He would intervene. There would be no more crimes, no more heartbreak, never another injustice. Well, it is not that He doesn't care; He just sees from above it all and therefore lives without anxiety. Perfect love casts out fear. It can afford to work with other people at their pace and be patient with others' personalities and quirks, at the same time believing that the best is going to come out of any given situation. Paul said it like this, "Love...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails..." (1 Corinthians 13:7,8) No shadow ever yet overcame a light source. The dog that loves his master needs no leash. Keep loving and fear will maintain no hold in your life.


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