PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18
The “fear” that perfect loves casts out is the fear of God’s judgment. Everyone knows that the Judgment Day is coming, but those who have been firmly rooted in Christ know the love of God, which drives away fear of condemnation. The dismissal of the fear of judgment is one of the main functions of God’s love. Anyone who has not had this experience with God’s love seem to walk around, carrying a sense of fear, consciousness of wrong and condemnation. Furthermore, you’ll identify in them the trait of always being defensive and secretive about their flaws or misdoings. When you’re conscious that you’re loved you’re free to be naked and unashamed. This is not about finding fulfilment after doing wrong, your heart will always let you know once you’ve done something wrong.
Once a person is in Christ, he can be sure that with the Father judgment is gone. He is reconciled to God, and “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
The Bible says that nothing can separate the believer from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:38–39). God’s love does not wax and wane; it is not a fickle, emotional sensation. God’s love for sinners is why Christ died on the cross. God’s love for those who trust in Christ is why He holds them in His hand and promises never to let them go (John 10:29).
That divine love should take away our fear: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
When you become possessed by this awareness that you’re freely loved and forgiven it begins to find expression in your relationships. There’s a lot of good this will do to your relationship. A spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God. Sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God more completely.
If as a child of God, we still fear God’s punishment, we have not yet reached the point of maturity in love. To help us be complete in love, God has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. He has given provision for our heart to have confidence toward Him. This is why parents have a lot of role to play in the development of their child(ren) self-esteem. Our knowledge of the love and forgiveness of the Father helps in the development of our self-esteem.
The key to overcoming fear is total and complete trust in God’s love for us. Now let me tell you a quick secret to developing a love-inundated soul, a heart that’s possessed by the consciousness of the love of the Father—listen to messages that are full of the revelation of the Father’s love. What you hear often goes deep down into your subconscious and then begin to work from there and that’s exactly what you need; you need your subconscious to be possessed by the love of the Father. Secondly, because love is a spirit, you need to catch it/contract it, like some negatively contract virus. And how do people contract viruses? By close proximity with the carrier, right? When I needed to adjust my spirit to be full of the knowledge of the Father what I did was gather hillsong worship songs and marinate my spirit in it. Hillsong has a tangible and palpable spirit of love in their ministry and now finding expression in their song. This was how I caught their spirit of love. You can listen to their songs while meditating on scriptures.
Confession- Oh my heart, rest in this, you’re loved completely by the one who is Love Himself. Today I pray that my heart catches a revelation of the Father’s love. Amen.