An opportunity for you to continue your study of God’s Word throughout the week
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
When a child is trapped inside a burning building, love casts out fear. Firemen have been known to have to hold people back that had more love for someone in danger than fear of the danger of fire. The fire is real, but love even more so.
When Jesus died on the cross, He lovingly “ran into the fire” for us. Because Christ took our judgment upon Himself at the cross, John says “we may have confidence for the day of judgment”. His point in this verse is that fear has to do with judgment but Christ took our judgment because of His love for us. Love is powerful.
Take time to read these words the Apostle Paul writes about love:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”