Google+ 08/27/13 We Must Be Afraid NOT to Love!

1 John 4:17-18

 

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.

So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment,

But we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.

If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment,

And this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

 

In part two of our seven-part devotion series entitled, "Whom Shall I Fear?" we turn to the apostle John who speaks of confidence in our relationship with God, that eliminates fear.  Remember that John was a fisherman before being called as a disciple.  While he was chosen to also write one of the most complicated books of the Bible in Revelation, most of John's writing was centered around the life of Jesus.  Notice that John says that our life in God is a work in progress.  John says that the more we live in God the more our love grows.  Yesterday we dealt with a healthy fear of God.  Today we deal with how we can make sure that no fear ever wins.  John says that if we live and love like Jesus, we do not have to fear.  Perfect love expels all fear.  Wow!  I don't know about you, but I want to love like that.  Then John really teaches us the truth.  If we are afraid, it is fear of punishment and shows we have not yet achieved perfect love in Christ.  I am guessing that most people do not want to hear this fact, but nothing could be more true.  There is a major league truth hidden in today's Scripture.  We need to accept this truth if we are going to call God our Father and Jesus His Son.  We are going to answer the question, "Whom Shall I Fear?" in today's Scripture.  We should fear being without agape love, which is the unconditional love of God and Jesus.  Love conquers all.  Love endureth all things.  Yes, love takes away all fear in our lives.  The problem is that it must be true love, not a poor imitation.  That means we must search our hearts and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.  Hate, anger, jealousy, conceit, and envy all block our ability to unconditionally love ourselves or anyone else.  "We Must Be Afraid Not To Love!"