1 John 4:18
“Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear”
My youngest recently asked, “how could love fight fear, mom?” I was kinda stumped. I think this verse can be rather vague and difficult to grasp, even for adults. But when really meditating on this scripture, and how God’s love has made me less fearful through life, I believe it’s simpler than we realize. God is love. Perfect love. And the closer we come to him, the less power fear has over us, because we feel God’s continual presence-his strength, his comfort, and his guidance. This concept reminds me of being little, and experiencing “scary” situations, like hearing a strange noise in the middle of the night. I remember yelling for my dad, feeling terrified, but I had total belief that whatever was happening, my dad would protect us. Or when I got lost on the beach for what seemed like hours but was probably ten minutes, I just knew my dad would move heaven and Earth to find me. When faced with even the deepest most crippling of fear, we need to trust God with the confidence a child ascribes to a loving parent. The key is abiding in that love, on a daily-even hourly-basis. It has to be more than a Biblical truth in our lives. We need to experience it continually.