March 12th, '19
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message by Kris Jackson
LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR
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
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,
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.