As I write this post, I realize there is no way for me to exhaust this subject in one post. But I do want to share some aspects of this topic that has been on my heart.
Derek and I were talking to a couple teenagers last night after church. They were sharing the fears they are experiencing with some threats that have been made toward their schools. It made me upset with devil who is influencing individuals to intimidate and entrap these kids with fear.
Let’s look at what will defeat the epidemic of fear in our world today.
I John 4:17
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world.
The very first word of this verse points back to the previous verse where it states “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” Now leading into this verse, John says, Herein, which means “fixed in position” (Strong’s) is our love made perfect.
The knowledge of who God is – LOVE – and the living or dwelling in Him, brings about a perfection of our love toward God and others.
Furthermore, God’s love gives us boldness which means according to Strong’s Concordance, “all out spokenness, confidence.”
We see that the opposite of boldness is fear. If God’s love produces boldness, than what produces fear?
We see in Genesis 3:10 after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they were afraid. So we see that disobedience and sin produces fear. But we also see from the disciples on the storm-tossed sea in Matthew 8 that a human response to unpleasant circumstances is fear. Jesus said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? This takes it a step further, because Jesus brought it out that they had little faith. Galatians 5:6 says, “faith which worketh by love.” So, faith is made active by dwelling in love.
Verse 18 of I John 4 is a very familiar verse to many. Where it says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:” There is no room for fear in a life full of God’s love.
How do I receive this love? You receive love when you receive God, for He is Love. A focus on God’s love and a dwelling in His love will force fear to leave your life.
The last part of the verse we started out with is a challenging statement, “As He is, so are we in this world.” I think of the saying, “You are the only Jesus some will ever see or the Bible some will ever read.” We need that holy boldness and confidence to be a bright and shining light to all those around us. This truth is convicting to me!
Oh, that we would be so full of God’s love in our minds and hearts that fear would find NO place in our lives and that we would influence others to live the same way.