God’s perfect love
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect (complete) in love.” 1 John 4:18
Here is where we need to focus in these times of uncertainty. The unchanging love of God! This scripture in 1 John says that God’s perfect love casts out or chases fear away. Glory to God! Yesterday we talked about verse 17 that says when God’s love has been perfected or made complete in us, we will have boldness in the day of crisis. The rest of this chapter goes on to say that we are to imitate His love in this world with that boldness, so those around us can be made complete by His love also.
Below is the passage in 1 Corinthians 13 that shows us just what the God kind of love looks like. I want to take that scripture now and replace the word love with God your Heavenly Father instead, because 1 John 4:8 says God is (=) love. By changing the word love into God, we can see how to imitate/show this great love to others.
God, my Father (love) is long-suffering and He is kind.
God, my Father (love) does not envy and He does not parade Himself around in pride
God, my Father (love) is not puffed up and does not behave rudely.
God, my Father (love) does not seek His own (glory) and is not provoked to do evil.
God, my Father (love) thinks no evil.
God, my Father (love) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth of His Word.
God, my Father (love) bears all things and believes all things.
God, my Father (love) hopes all things and endures all things.
God, my Father (love) never fails
Today I want to encourage you to cast out fear by turning all your heart toward God’s unconditional love. Get to know Him more personally by spending time with Him and filling your life up with the knowledge of His great love for you. Get rid of every “weight” that tries to hold you back from receiving all the love He has for you. Know that God has a purpose for your life in this time. Then reach out to others and help them get rid of their fear, too. Become more patient and kind, don’t be envious and boastful or prideful. Get rid of rude behavior and stop seeking your own glory. Don’t be provoked or stirred up by evil thinking. Quit rejoicing in iniquity (the world’s view) and start rejoicing in the truth of God’s Word. Be strengthened to bear, believe, hope and endure all things and take on a love for others that never fails. Lastly, make an impact in the lives of those around you by loving them with this great love that God has given you to share!
Today’s Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8