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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32)
First John 4:18 says that “perfect love casts out fear.”
Here are three ways that happens.
One is, when you really love someone, then it drives out your fear of them.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” The problem with enemies is that they stir up so much emotion, you can’t even think straight. And one thing they make you feel is fear. They are out to get you. That is a fearful thing.
But when we obey Jesus and love our enemies, which we can only do in the power of God’s Spirit inside of us, then that love drives out our fear of them.
It’s the same for people who give you anxiety or make you nervous. When you love them with God’s love inside of you, then all fear is driven out. You are free to truly love them as God wants you to!
Another way perfect love casts out fear is when other people fear you. Who knows why they fear you. Maybe you have power over them, or hold an important part of their life in your hands; but when they know that you love them with the love of God inside of you, then their fear of you is cast out!
“But maybe I want them to fear me,” you say. “I need to keep them in their place.”
Well that’s not God’s way. God’s way is that you amp yourself up full of His Holy Spirit, and then you love and you love and you love. That’s God’s way. Read all about it in First John chapter 4. That chapter is brimming with God’s love for us, and the love we are to have for one another. Check it out.
And another way perfect love casts out fear is when other people want you to fear them – like the old bumper sticker, “Fear this.” They want to hold power over you through fear, but if you love them with the love of God inside of you, then once again, perfect love casts out fear. It casts out fear in all equations!
It’s like a multiplication problem where perfect love is the number zero. You know, it doesn’t matter what numbers you are multiplying. Make it 10 times 10. Make it 10 times 100. Make it a thousand times a thousand! Those are all the fears, thousands of fears.
Then bring in the number zero. Make it a thousand times a thousand, times a thousand…..times zero. What’s the answer? How much of the fear is left? Zero.
Because perfect love casts out fear.
May God bless you, today.
I’m Doug Apple.