Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
What will the year 2011 bring? What Perhaps it will bring Jesus; return. But if not, will it be a year of anxiety, dread or despair for me? It need not be, even though the mountains should quake.
After Adam and Eve sinned against God they tried to hide from Him. Of course, such is impossible then and now. When God asked them why they were trying to hide, they said that they were afraid (Gen. 3:10). Fear was a very unpleasant new experience for them, one of many. The world would never be the same for them or for their future descendants. It would never be the secure home it had once been.
It greatly helps those who determine to live by faith to learn well the lessons about fear in the Bible. For example, if you see a Christian who is always worried and fretful, filled with anxiety and the turmoil it brings, then you see someone who has not learned to trust in the Lord as he or she ought. Jesus assures us that God knows our needs and that we ought not to be anxious about them (Matt. 6:25-34).
And further, the Scriptures affirm that “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” and also that “perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:16-19). There is much to be said for the personal confidence and peace of mind gained by one who is walking by faith as a loyal child of the everlasting Father. This is good for the soul and involves living according to God’s word. The Bible says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3). Perfect love does these two things: it keeps the commandments of God and it also casts out fear.
Be prepared for anything. That is the solution to living in a fallen world.
By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page
From Expository Files 17.12; December 2010