Pefect Love Drives Out Fear.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)
The world is gripped by fear at the moment. Fear of this virus and all that it might mean: job losses, uncertainty, food supply, social contact, even death. Fear is even more contagious than the virus itself and is spreading fast. But there’s an antidote to fear: God’s love. John tells us that “perfect love drives out fear”. God’s love is perfect, perfectly suited to this situation, and perfectly able to drive out your fear.
These verses are all about love: God’s love for us and how we should emulate it by loving others (vv. 7-21). It talks about us being made ‘complete’ in God’s love (v. 17). None of us is complete without that love. We will all live with fear until we allow God’s love in.
The ‘fear’ John is talking about specifically is the fear of judgement and what comes after death. Those of us who are in Christ have confidence about such things because we’re no longer afraid of being punished. But if you’re afraid of death or what comes after, I urge you: accept Jesus into your life and you can put that fear to rest once and for all.
But God’s love also drives out fear in this life: the everyday fears about practical things, from how you’re going to look after your kids when the schools close to worrying about running out of pasta or loo roll. Turn to God. Let Him love you. Place these fears in His hands through prayer and watch them get driven out.
Perfect love drives out fear.