Love leaves no room for Fear
“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 in love.”
I John 4:18
If God is by his own definition the incarnation of love, then fear must not figure into his character on any level. Torment is indeed a fearful word, and a word that most of us have some degree of personal experience with. Yet if torment is part of fear and fear has no association with our God of love then clearly it is not God's will for any of us to be tormented. If this is true, then how do we make sense of God's call for us to be willing to endure suffering for his names sake?
Suffering for Christ and the torment of fear may both involve pain, but one of them maintains hope amidst difficulty. When we suffer for the Almighty who suffered for us their is pleasure in the privilege to shine for the one who sacrificed himself on our behalf. But the joy of sharing in Christ's suffering goes beyond an expression of love, those who suffer for righteousness' sake know that deliverance awaits. The same power which raised Christ from the dead if need be will also raise us up and then we will forever be with our Lord.
The entire notion of eternal torment is completely foreign to the nature of God, but the daily torment suffered by those who do not know Jesus is very real. What a message we have to share! None, no matter their circumstances need to live under the torment of fear. Hope, peace, joy and deliverance are for the taking even this side of heaven.
As we begin to reflect this precious reality in our own lives, we will also be able to lead those in our sphere of influence to drink with us from the water of life. As we continue to step closer to the knowledge of his perfect love even our fear of sharing our faith will be cast out. What a difference this would make in our little church! What a blessing would be poured out in our circles of influence! Keep stepping, keep believing, and watch what our God is able to do.
Still Seeking His Face,