Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

perfectlovecastsoutfearI recently read a blog post over on flourishingtoday.com that I thought tied in well with the word God gave me for 2017: Love. I felt like Alisa did a very thorough and encouraging breakdown of 1 John 4:18, and that y’all should have the opportunity to read it!

 

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

I love this verse.

For years I held onto it with all that was in me.

I wrote it on scripture cards, taped it to my mirrors and meditated on it multiple times a day.

It wasn’t long before I could quote it by heart.

That’s where this verse was stored.

It was one of the first scriptures God gave me when I was battling fear.

I was suffering with postpartum depression and my father had just been killed in a car accident.

I needed something to cling to.

Although I knew that the Lord specifically and intentionally gave me this verse, it was a year or so later before I actually understood what it meant.

Where would I find a love that would cast out fear?

I think deep down I thought it was my love for Him that would make it go away. If I could just love Him more, serve Him harder… perhaps He would rid me of my fears.

This performance based mentality left me thinking that I could earn His love.

Yet the more I sought Him, the more I began to know Him.

In getting to know Him, I discovered His love was free!”

Read the rest here.

To read more of my posts about my word for the year, follow these links-

2017:Love                      Coming Clean: The Ugly Truth                      Love & Grace Collide

Love that Knows                         Love Gone Cold                                    God Loves Me Back

 

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