- Written by Robert Lindsay
- Published: 15 March 2016
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” (1)
Throughout Scripture, whenever an Angel or the Lord Himself revealed the unseen realm to an individual the greeting was always, “Don’t be afraid.” Why? We are often afraid of what we don’t understand as it reveals within us our finite status. As long as we have charge over our domain we are not confronted with the reality we control so very little. This is why it’s essential for each of us to develop a foundation rooted in Jesus, so when the waves of life topple us, we are steadfast in our confidence of He who holds us.
My daughter and son wrote a song the other night and shared it with me and my wife. The name of the song is “I’m not afraid.” Throughout the song the lyrics reflect the character of God and how knowing Jesus frees us to live fearless lives. If He truly is for us and in us and walks with us and knows us and forgives us because of His magnificent love then we are transformed by Him. His power is unmatched.
There is no fear in love. We are children of the Lord God Almighty, Maker of all that is. How could fear hold any power in the presence of the One who is without fear? It’s the opposite. God’s love, perfect love, drives out fear. What are you and I fearful of that God can’t handle as we abide in Jesus? “He is the vine and we are the branches (2)”. There is no fear. There is no worry. There is no fretting over this or that. “All things will work together for good to those who love God (3).”
So be encouraged. Choose to live each day recognizing fear and letting it go. Know God is love and He is actively driving out fear. It cannot co-exist with Him. You and I, we are His. He pursues us relentlessly. Reflect on His character when anxious and woo your soul to recount His promises. “For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good (4).
1 John 4:18a