1, 2, & 3 John: Day 8

There Is No Fear in Love

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Today's Text: 1 John 4:1-19, 1 Peter 2:1-3, John 15:18-21, Psalm 36:1-12

Text: 1 John 4:1-19, 1 Peter 2:1-3, John 15:18-21, Psalm 36:1-12

It happened every night, first at 1:27am and then again at 4:02. A low warning whistle would signal its arrival, followed by a roaring screech that thundered through our sleeping city, only waking me. Its rumble traveled from a cracked window to the front door to my bedpost, then disappeared as quickly as it came.

That train on nearby tracks opened my eyes to the darkness. I’d seen the sky turn black before going to bed, of course, but I hadn’t felt it. Suddenly, I was hyperaware that at any moment, my safe foundation could be shaken and destroyed. There, in my bed with white sheets and a black headboard, I began a countdown to sunrise, staying awake to prevent the darkness from swallowing me.

Each morning, I’d attribute my sleepy eyes to the train, but each night, I’d remember it was fear.

I began recognizing minor details as “warning” signs—ambulance sirens, missed calls, late arrivals—and became sure something dubious was headed my way. I didn’t know what that something was, but I knew its tracks were headed in my direction.

Fear is ominous and undefined in both feeling and concept. There are times I know exactly what I’m afraid of, and others when I’m just plain afraid. Many a night I’d sit up on those white bed sheets, Bible open on my lap, wrestling with anxiety. Over and over again, I ran into the same command: “do not fear.” It appears generously throughout God’s Word, yet I’d never come across a concrete definition of “fear” by itself.

What reason do we have to not fear? When the walls begin to shake and the darkness closes in, how exactly do we just “not fear”?

When the train began to rumble into town, I wasn’t sure how to put the brakes on my fearbut I knew I could turn on the lights. Reaching over to turn on the lamp on my bedside table somehow illuminated my confidence enough to step out of bed and look outside. From my window, the streets lights glowed and the train’s headlights shone in the darkness.

I wonder if this is why fear isn’t clearly defined in the Bible—because it cannot stand alone. To really know it, we must turn on the lights.

In this case, His light.
“In Your light we will see light” (Psalm 36:9).

To know Him, we must remember His love.
“The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7).

And when we know His love, we know what it is not.
“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment” (1 John 4:18).

“Perfect love drives out fear.” I’ve always read that verse in the context of my loving relationships, but what if we could also believe it in the context of our worst fears? If God is love and there is no fear in love, then there is no fear in God. And because we are from God, He leaves the lights on for us. Held to the standard of God’s perfect love, fears don’t stand a chance.

Maybe trying not to fear isn’t so impossible if it it sends us searching for the light (John 8:12). May we always hold up pieces of darkness to the brilliance of His love.

“You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
-1 John 4:4

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  • Sisters. I felt relieved that I am not the only one fighting against anxiety. Fear creeps in every night as I struggle to forgive and start anew with the man I loved who cheated and broke my heart into many pieces and we haven’t had any peace since then. When the light is out I am strong and dependent to God’s Word, but when the night settles in, I can’t help myself but to feel fear, insecure and needs to be reassured over and over and that’s when we hurt each other. Please pray sisters for God to change both our hearts, to give us rest, forgiveness and healing. May He change my love for this man, that I may see Him only as my brother and may God save my heart, my purity and my time for the right man. May Jesus bring healing to our aching hearts.

    • Abi

      My heart aches for you. I pray that even in the night you will feel filled with the light of God and released from fear; He is the Healer of our hearts.

  • Jennifer B

    I’m just realizing when I was a child and something frightened me I would turn on the lights to see what it could be. Once the lights were turned on I felt much better, I felt safe. We need to remember things like this when we are afraid of the darkness in this world. There is always a light there that you don’t have to turn on and God shows us everyday and every minute through his word.

  • Lindsey

    I too have always struggled with this passage. While I want my takeaway to be that God’s perfect love can abolish my fears, I get distracted by some of the “harsher” statements in this passage (i.e. Whoever does not love does not know God; if anyone says, “I love God” but hates his brother, he is a liar; etc). I’ve always struggled with confidence in the security of my salvation by grace alone and I find myself fearing punishment for my imperfect love in the midst of a passage that’s about NOT fearing punishment bc of Gods perfect love. I go down this anxious rabbit trail of “wait, I am hateful all the time, why if I don’t really know God?!…” Maybe the key takeaway verse for me is “and so we know and rely on the love God has for us”. My dependency is such that I do not love perfectly, I do not even seek to know Him as I should, but am known by Him and can rely on the full measure of HIS love.

    • Sonja Matthews

      Lindsey I am so right there with you. Those “harsher” statements make me sit and wonder if I truly “know” God. Because it’s so hard to love those who _________(fill in the blank). It’s just hard to love period.

      Thank you for your honesty and know your comment “my dependency is such that I do not love perfectly but I am known by Him and can rely on the full measure of HIS love.” Made my morning! Preach it sister

    • Mary Joe

      I struggle with this too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts- they are beautiful and helpful.

    • Katie

      I can’t help but notice the times that John seeks to help us find assurance in this passage too. (Like he knows what the hard statements will do to us!) “By this we know that we abide in Him… that He has given us of His Spirit.” I was trying to explain this to my little one this morning who is very literal about all things. He wanted to understand why, if Christ gives us a “new heart,” we still sin. The best answer I could give him was that we sometime choose to act out of our old nature, but the difference after we sin is that the SPIRIT convicts us of unrighteousness and leads us to repent. Our awareness of our sin can bring us to our knees, but it is a gift from The Helper who wants us to know the utterly inconceivable depth of His mercy and grace. And may we stand in His grace and love as He helps us to conquer that sin for His glory! Praying for an unshakable confidence in His salvation today, dear one.

  • Does anyone have any insights into what the antichrist in v3 is?

    • Nancy

      Bek, my study bible says: The “Spirit of the Antichrist” is already here and refers back to 1 John 2: 18-23 (reread those verses. Verse 22 says …”Anyone that denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist”). It explains that during this time antichrists (false teachers who pretend to be Christians and who lure weak members away from Christ) will appear. I was confused at first also, hope this helps.

  • ‘ May we always hold up pieces of darkness to the brilliance of His love. ‘- I’m a painter and this sentence is such a powerful image to me!

  • Armanda

    This scripture has really brought me so much peace and security. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-7‬ ‭

    Ladies this video of Francis Chan “living with joy” has opened my eyes so much. God is faithful to us even when we are faithless. Take those leaps of faith of the things your scared of. Trust that God will come through and watch Him strengthen you. Ephesians 6:16 talks about our faith being able to extinguish ALL flaming arrows of the evil one. Our faith doesn’t have to be very big just the size of a mustard seed. Trust God we are His, He loves us. He doesn’t want us to be fearful. Remember the enemy is a liar. He is lying to us all the time. Don’t claim those lies. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. Stand on the truth dig into the word. The truth sets us free. Gods word is powerful alive and active sharper than any double edged sword. He spoke this world into existence, He’s powerful, He made us, He made our minds. I want to share this scripture with you ladies. 1 Corinthians 2:6,16 it talks about our minds. Verse 16 says we HAVE HAVE the mind of Christ!!!! All this has opened my eyes so much! I hope this helps you all. Much Love!

    • Natalia R

      I needed to read this !!! Thank l you so much for sharing. This has been one of my hardest seasons. I’m mentally drained and exhausted. Nothing bad is going on but littlest things are happening that are taking my peace and joy away.

  • Armanda

    God is faithful to us even when we are faithless. Take those leaps of faith of the things your scared of. Trust that God will come through and watch Him strengthen you. Ephesians 6:16 talks about our faith being able to extinguish ALL flaming arrows of the evil one. Our faith doesn’t have to be very big just the size of a mustard seed. Trust God we are His, He loves us. He doesn’t want us to be fearful. Remember the enemy is a liar. He is lying to us all the time. Don’t claim those lies. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. Stand on the truth dig into the word. The truth sets us free. Gods word is powerful alive and active sharper than any double edged sword. He spoke this world into existence, He’s powerful, He made us, He made our minds. I want to share this scripture with you ladies. 1 Corinthians 2:6,16 it talks about our minds. Verse 16 says we HAVE HAVE the mind of Christ!!!! All this has opened my eyes so much! I hope this helps you all. Much Love!

  • Armanda

    This scripture has really brought me so much peace and security. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-7‬ ‭

    Ladies this video of Francis Chan Living With Joy has opened my eyes so much.

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  • This is my first time signing up with She Reads Truth. If you want a good song to listen to, go on YouTube and look up Amanda Baugh, Come Out of Hiding. This song is all about running to Jesus and get rid of your fear.

  • Lenore Diviney

    My twelve year old daughter is the complete opposite of me and is constantly battling anxiety and fear. It is paramount that I continue to point her to the Love of God as the only solution. We see a therapist together and she is trying a few meds for her ADHD and anxiety, but FEAR. Fear can only be given to God. Again and again. If you find a moment to pray for my Trin she is struggling today especially. Thank you for this post as a reminder to me to never give up in bringing her before Christ.

    • Lenore Diviney

      whoops I apologize for posting this twice. thank you jess for your caring response earlier!

    • Tracy

      Your sweet girl is in my prayers. It is our most important job as mommas to point them to Christ in everything, but especially in this.

    • Kara

      Maybe try to get encourage her to read the book battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer. She has one written addressed to kids and teens as well. :) praying for her too

  • I struggle with today’s lesson for two reasons. First, I don’t understand why hearing a train at night strikes fear in the author… Second, the concept of perfect love driving out fear refers to God’s love for us. His love is perfect, and in Him, we have nothing to fear. I can’t help but use this as almost a “rule” for other relationships, like my marriage. I understand that as humans, we can never love one another perfectly. But I believe that one of the purposes of marriage is to demonstrate God’s love to each other as much as possible. That is how we fulfill His image to our children and those around us. Due to past history associated with this human imperfection, I guess I can’t help but feel a little disappointed that I have so much fear within my marriage relationship. Fear of infidelity, of being hurt, of not being who he needs, leaving his expectations unfulfilled, etc. I guess I resent that my husband won’t love me in a way that drives out fear, when other women seem to have husbands that are also imperfect, but love their wives in ways that they do not have insecurities or fears. At least, not nearly as prevalent… Like their husbands are doing a good job of fulfilling this sort of love that promises to drive out fear, imitating God’s love, loving their wives as Christ loves the church, just as God calls them to. When I think of the love between me and my husband, it almost invokes fear in me. I’m so afraid of the past repeating itself. Anyway, this concept of perfect love driving out fear is upsetting to me. Yet, I know that I have hope in the Lord who can provide that perfect love. Maybe I’m just not understanding the lesson…

    • Tina

      Dearest. In answer to your questions, I think 1) was more about being in a deep sleep and the sudden noise that shakes all around and to the core of the sleeper…I reckon that would make me fear filled..
      2)Sydney, I’m sorry for the feelings and fear you have in and around your marriage… that truly is not God’s intent for what He has joined together, (let no man put assunder) yet, man has, in this scenario, something that happened in the past is holding you prisoner in this relationship. ..it’s gripping you with fear for what you have.. whatever that situation was, it is still with you, hurting you, attacking your calm, your mind, your life..
      Sister, hand this ‘life sucking’ issue to God, pray on it, forgive that person, because whilst you hold on to it, you have not absolutely, completely forgiven them..and whilst you hold onto the issue from the past, you cannot give 100% love to your husband. This thing from the past is robbing you of joy, peace, love to give and love to receive, it’s robbing you of a full filled life in the love you share with your husband.
      The perfect love that casts out fear is and lives within you, but you need to let go of the past to fully see and understand what it means..God’s love within you, around you, sets you free from the past, from fears, from the negative.
      He who lives in you is greater…than anything this world can throw at you. .
      God has not given me (you) a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self discipline. .Be brave..let it go..
      Praying for and with you Sydney..
      God be with you, and I pray you know His Shalom..
      Xxx

    • AmyQ

      Dear Sydney, I can relate. I have a similar situation in my marriage and struggled for years (at times I still do) but God reminded me of 1 Corinthians 13:7. Love always trusts. We have to choose to trust our husbands, knowing that God holds us in His hands. No matter what future events may happen in our marriage, God is in control and He will see us through. Only God can give perfect love that casts out fears. Asking your husband to love you in that way is asking him to do what only God can do.
      Praying for you!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Sydney! I’m so glad you stopped by today. Our goal is always to point to God’s Word, and I’m sorry if today’s post was a distraction and added extra hurt to an existing wound. You’re right—God is the only one who can love perfectly, and we’ll always fall short when held to the same standard. Grateful for the opportunity to learn more about God’s character together.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Jess Gardiner

    ah anxiety…. yes we are close companions! I’ve walked through panic disorder, acrophobia, social anxiety, generalised anxiety and an eating disorder. I’ve fought every step of the way clinging to Jesus. He has mercifully held me in His everlasting arms through countless sleepless nights. At 23 I pray the worst is behind me but I know my Lord is bigger than my failures. I know, like really know the One who is my light. I have seem HIM who is greater than He that is in the world. My fear has grounded me and forever broken me on the Rock of Ages and I am so thankful. Do not hate your fear or try to escape it ladies. Just run to the Light and keep on clinging to Jesus. He does His deepest work through our greatest fears x

    • Sarah Beth

      Sister, I can empathize. Panic disorder and agoraphobia are no joke, but oh how good is our God! Strangely enough, I wouldn’t trade my walk through that mess for anything, because He so refined me through it. Praying for you as you journey through life with anxiety – it’s a comfort to be reminded that I’m not alone. :)

  • Lenore Diviney

    My twelve year old daughter is the complete opposite of me and if constantly battling anxiety and fear. It is paramount that I continue to point her to the Love of God as the only solution. We see a therapist together and she is trying a few meds for her ADHD and anxiety, but FEAR. Fear can only be given to God. Again and again. If you find a moment to pray for my Trin she is struggling today especially. Thank you for this post as a reminder to me to never give up in bringing her before Christ.

    • Jess Gardiner

      praying for your darling daughter. My mum walked with me through my anxiety disorders. It was a thankless and exhausting job for her and I am FOREVER thankful for her love and patience. I will be praying for you as well for strength and wisdom x

  • I’ve been so fearful lately. Fearful of messing up, which I just did with a man whom I know is not good for me, and I want to kick myself for it, fearful of taking the next steps in my never ending education and what it will require of me, fearful of telling old friends that I’m different and I don’t do “those things” anymore havent for years, fearful of being alone the rest of my life, fearful of being completely honest with myself about my fears. So much fear but God has so much love for me and if I just let go of the dark fears and bring them into the light, His light, confess them, ask Him to show me the abounding and infinite love He has for me my fears will lighten and eventually be gone. As Moses spoke to the people when fleeing Egypt…“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today…”
    Exodus 14:13 NLT. So I will stand in stillness and light and watch th Lord rescue me.

  • Katelyn Rust

    I struggled with fear and anxiety every day. I’m back with my fourth therapist working through my fear. I was sexually abused and I still live in the same city as my abuser so I’m terrified to walk out my door and go into the community. There are cruel people at my church, so I’m afraid every time I go there, and with my different anxiety disorders I’m a walking mess. I’ve been praying but nothing’s changed, I’ve been in the Word but nothing has changed. I keep asking God why this isn’t being removed and why I allow the enemy to win. Reading these comments make me feel less crazy, because I feel like the only one in the world struggling with fear, which makes me even more anxious. Sometimes I forget how powerful the enemy is, and I need to start looking at each thought I have and find Biblical truth that it’s of God, or not of God. It’s hard for me to love people when I’m constantly afraid of them, but it’s what God calls me to do, so I know He can give me the strength to do it.

    • elena

      Katelyn,
      I understand what it feels like to think your the only one bad things are happening too. It makes me sad to think that you are afraid to enter into church due to the people. I urge you to pray for them so that they truly understand who gad is and who he wants them to be. Consider finding a church that makes you excited to walk through those doors.
      Praying for you!
      With love,
      Elena

  • I know this is long but I just want to encourage those struggling with worry and anxiety….. Fear is something I have struggled with my whole life, but especially over the past year and half. I watched my father in law waste away and lose his battle with cancer and could not understand why our prayers were not answered. I would lay in bed at night and my mind raced with thousands of different scenarios of things that could go wrong. If God had allowed this to happen, what else would he allow? I started to see God as some kind of cosmic bully, just waiting until I got my bearings and then hitting me with another blow. I didn’t trust God anymore. But one night in the middle of one of my anxiety attacks, my husband said something that spoke to me so much. He reminded me that fear is not from God, it’s from the enemy. Something that I’m sure I’d heard a hundred times but for some reason it didn’t resonate until now. Immediately “There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear” came to mind. I began to see my fear as what it really was, lies from the enemy. He was using it to destroy me, to keep my from enjoying all that God had blessed me with, and from living out his plan for me. Every time I started to feel afraid, instead of running down the road of what ifs, I started praying for God to show me what his purpose was for me. Almost immediately He opened a door. I just want to encourage those battling with fear that you can overcome but you can’t do it on your own. Start praying specifically for help to not be afraid and for God to show you what his plan is for you. He never intended for us to be afraid. He loves us SO much, enough to send his precious Jesus to take our place on that cross. He is waiting with his arms wide open. Run to Him and come find rest in his perfect love. He has so much more in store for you than the prison of fear and worry sweet sister.

    • SuzD

      Thank you for sharing.

    • Cali

      Thank you so much for this.

    • Patti

      As far as your father in law goes..I prefer to think that God did answer yours prayer, just not in the way you wanted Him to answer. Your father in law was healed, just in a different way. God took him home and he is healed now in the blessed presence of our Lord. He is in God’s perfect world. I hope this wonderful thought helps in your healing of pain.

  • Margrietvw

    I love that the verse is actually about fear of God, about being afraid of God. I’m slowly coming out of a deep hole of an anxiety disorder, but never have I been afraid of our God. He was there, even when at many points I had given up hope to ever really live again. But He comforted me. He loved me, showed me my worth and slowly, very slowly, He keeps helping me further up. In this verse it’s about the fear of the day of judgement. I’m not sure if it’s about fear in general at all, although I wholeheartedly believe God can free us from every fear. But here it’s said that, when you’re afraid of the day of judgement, your love is not complete. Because if you would know God, Who is Love, You would know you have nothing to worry about on that day. He is love. Don’t fear that day, love Him and trust He will keep you safe. I love it.

    • Linda

      I agree…our confession that Jesus is the Son of God establishes the truth that the Father’s love came down to earth for us and now lives within our hearts.
      He abides in us and we in Him. Love perfected. Confidence given. We no longer have the fear of eternal damnation, but the joy of eternal life. That is truth. That gives us the freedom to live and love all in and through Him.
      Praise the Lord!!

  • Diane Huntsman

    4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

  • Keri McCue

    I have been blessed enough to not have struggled with the crippling fear that many of my friends have experienced. I have witnessed a handful of panic attacks and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I am grateful to say that those friends have since (in their own time) overcome this fear. Our God is so much bigger than any fear we may have. Praying for all you sisters who have mentioned in the comments that you struggle with this!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • Cecelia

    Today’s devo and comments both encouraged me and made me sad. Why are and have so many of us struggled with fear and anxiety? It’s times like these I’d like to have a physical fight, where I could literally punch and kick and scratch this enemy who lies and brings fear to the children of God.
    Fear and anxiety is something I’ve struggled with for a year. Illogical. Nonsensical. But there. Gnawing at me. With every ounce of my strength I held onto the Word. There is now NO FEAR. He hasn’t given me a spirit of fear…a SOUND MIND! Perfect love casts out fear.
    And I am praying earnestly for an encounter with the beauty of Jesus, to know the love shining from his eyes. Because truly knowing that would change EVERYthing! Nothing else matters. I want more than anything to be so captivated by HIM that I don’t even notice the other stuf any more than you notice a fly you brush away.
    Thank you, ladies for your vulnerability and transparency and encouragement time and again. May each of you, this day, be kissed by the spirit of God, lifted up and cradled in his arms.

  • C Gunckel

    I am so thankful for this lesson today. I have been struggling with a fear that at times threatens to overwhelm me. The words today have helped me. I know that God purposed this for me today. Thank You Lord!

  • What perfect timing, I have struggled with fears of many kinds most of my life, and the closer I have drawn to God by reading my bible, attending church, worshipping and prayer time… I am slowly beginning to escape my bubble of safety. What can this world do to me, daughter of the One True King, Creator of heavens and earth? Not anything my Abba Father can’t fix, heal, make better than it was before, so with that knowledge I am taking steps of Faith, not giant steps all the time, but my footing is sturdy, my feet are on solid ground… I shall not fear, and when I do, I shall call out to God to help me through it all… I am homeward bound, the road I am traveling has been traveled before me, thankfully God knows each step I must take… I will make it, yes I will get there.

  • Maybe nights of restless sleep involve fear and not being able to rest in His perfect peace. Maybe those times of “what ifs” that pop into your head as soon as you turn out the lights or wake up in the very early dark morning hours are based out of fear. You aren’t resting, you aren’t trusting, you aren’t letting go and letting Him have complete control. Lord, help us to rest in You. Are strivings need to cease so we can rest and not fear knowing You are already in control. “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    • Jo

      I struggle with the letting go. I always have. I remember praying really hard as a child for my parents to stay together. They did not. As an adult I can see things turned out as they were supposed to. My parents are with the people that were meant to be with – better for each of them. However as a result, I worked really hard to create the control in my life that I was not able to create in my childhood world. Now as an adult it is the letting go and the peace that I always struggle to find…Beautiful message Kaitlin – very visual.

  • That verse. For years, I had been praying that verse over my husband. I knew that if He truly knew God in this very intimate way, the very things that held him back would no longer have a hold on him. Then came one of our seasons, prior to his salvation, and that verse was used by someone, who was party to my pain. It was used in a baiting, earthly kind of way with my own husband’s heart and I’ll never forget the day I saw those words written to him. It was as if I had been royally punched in the gut and suddenly was at a complete loss of breath, as if I could physically feel my heart fall into my stomach and then proceed to break into a million pieces. From that day forward, the very verse that brought hope and truth into my world was used in an evil way to hurt me and each time I would hear it, it would no longer bring me that hope but instead, pain. A very verse about peace and overcoming fear through our loving Father became representative, to me, of non-peace and actual fear, darkness. I couldn’t hear that verse used in pulpits, see it online, or written … I’d been robbed and in a wily, sneaky way.

    The enemy uses wayward people in ways we would never imagine, even good things, truth to be misused and if we aren’t careful to protect our hearts, it will sink us and I’m not talking a giant crater of a hole, I’m talking slow leaks. The type where the air slowly pushes its way out of us until there is nothing left and we are as limp and unstable as those flattened air dancers we see in front of mattress stores.

    It is essential that we turn our eyes to Christ, that we be able to see Him in place of what hurts us, what holds us back. That we envision Him leading us out of the pain, out of our fear, out of our hurt and just as we close our eyes, sometimes, so that we may hear better, we can confidently close our eyes so that we may see better because with Christ taking our hands and leading us, we can’t go wrong, we will always be in the light.

    • Michele

      I have felt that pain. Different verse, similar circumstance. I truly remember how deeply that pain was felt and how something so powerful and good felt like salt in a wound. Oh how grateful I am that the truth of God perseveres through the misuse and that in time, the wounds heal and His strength is perfected. Prayers for your kindred heart this morning. <3

    • Emilie

      Thank you, B!

    • Debbie

      thank you for sharing. the last paragraph is what I needed to hear.

  • This mornings devotions made me think of this song! No longer slaves! http://youtu.be/xMdI1uiUIwc

    • Kitty

      Good reminder, thanks for sharing this song. The big question since we are no longer a slave to fear – How then should we live?

    • Barbara

      This is like my theme song for 2016. My “word” for the year is “no longer” and is based on Gal. 4:7. I spent 8 years of my life trapped in bondage to fear. It’s been 8 years since God fully delivered me. Perfect Love! His Love!

  • JennyBC

    When you grow up with a gnawing insecurity that you don’t understand, fear becomes an unwanted companion. As I grew to adulthood, I tried to manage my fear through perfectionism and control. I was like a hamster on a wheel trying to earn God’s love and approval like I did everyone around me as well. That’s a toxic mix; perfectionism and trying to earn approval. Any hint that I needed improvement in my work habits sent me into a tailspin that I was never enough.
    Sweet Jesus has dealt with my need for security and control. Even as not so long ago I would have told you I didn’t like the way He dealt with me but I now see it was see His patient love that never goes away ~ security to this scared woman. He made me walk through my fears to see that His perfect love does indeed, cast out fear. He allowed me to repeat my mistakes over and over again so I could deal with my wrong thinking that I could earn His love to any greater degree.
    I won’t say this has been an easy road. But this road has brought me to freedom. It has brought me to a place where I can look fear in the face and claim His love and know it is greater than all I fear. Praise His precious Name. I am grateful for His constant care for me.

    • Eriana

      I’ve struggled similarly to you, bound by the chains of perfectionism. I subconsciously search for value in my efforts and performances. It’s difficult to think the way we break free from this is having to walk through our fears and mistakes! But what an opportunity to draw nearer to God! I hope you’ve seen many of your chains fall off through these experiences. I’m learning what God’s love is really like, seeing the chains fall one by one as I experience His love as free and unconditional.

  • churchmouse

    Lord, let me this day not list my worries and fears, but let me list all the ways You love me. Let today be a day of remembering all the prayers answered. Let today be the day that I know in my deepest being, once again, that You are always with me and that You are greater and stronger than anything in this world. Let today be the day that I humbly bow before the God who chose to die in my place so that I coukd live forever with Him. Lord, let today be the day that I walk through this day on my knees, grateful for Who You are and all You have done and will do. It is a privilege to serve You. Amen.

    • anne j

      Amen, thank you Churchmouse for your perspective and reminder it is ALL about God.

    • Klondon

      AMEN! That too will be my prayer today.

    • Christy

      Yes amen!

    • Rhonda

      Ah, thank you for your perspective…just what I needed to hear this blessed Monday. A day to look for Him and all He has done…thankful and blessed.

    • Mamajonk

      Beautiful words! Thank you for this perspective Churchmouse!

    • Jesus Girl

      Just what I needed to be reminded of, God’s wonders and his great, unstoppable love for us. He is worthy of our constant praises!! Something I do not do on a consistent basis. I need to praise more and not just give God my list everyday!! Thank you for your words that sooth churchmouse!

    • Joanna

      Churchmouse, I am so grateful for you. Thank you for this sentiment. God bless you.

  • I believed there was a God, i knew people , amd my family called on Him from time to time so when my daughter was diagnosed with liver failure, I called on Him to whom those I respected, trusted and loved had done when I was growing up. .I bargained, I pleaded, I prayed from my heart, from deep within me, for the first time in my life. .. When my daughter died… desolate and full of fear, that something I should have, could have done might have saved her…kept her here with me..
    I blamed myself, I fought with God, right there at the altar, I would rant and rave at the One who quietly listened to the broken words of a mother lost, alone fear filled that both her and daughter did not have God’s love or attention because He did not listen out for her cries..He did not save her beautiful girl who had so much to live for. ..
    Yet…
    But God…
    His love…
    He revealed to me where my daughter was, safe and whole with Him…enjoying all that she had missed out on whilst here with me….
    God, I realised, in that moment, did, had, and I discover does absolutely love my girl and me!
    He had saved her…
    He showed me His love, in ways only He could, in ways that no one else could show..
    His love I realise then, and know now, is what helps me to be fear less and through his love, and walk alongside me I can live a hope filled life in Him and for Him.
    I fall into the trap from time to time, But God..oh But God reminds me, like in today’s devotion, that His perfect love ALWAYS, casts out fear..not just the fear in the moment, but ALL fear..Small, large, insignificant to others, but God..His love..
    All praise to you this fine morning Lord God…Thank you for loving me and the hope that your perfect love holds for me..
    Xxx

    • Mary Beth

      Tina, thank you for your honest post. Although I haven’t experienced that horrible sorrow of losing a child, I have lost close family members. Your comment encouraged and cheered me. Bless you.

    • Mary Shane

      Tina, thank you for sharing your heart again this morning. My daughter died because an ATV she was riding rolled over on her and crushed her. The doctors removed half of her liver, but there was too much internal damage. I have the fear of loosing one of my other kids. They aren’t little any more all grown men. My daughter was thirty-four when she died. This fear sits in the shadow of my being and appears at the moments when everything is well. I take it to the Lord when it pops up, just really don’t like having it lurking somewhere in me. I know God is greater than this fear. His great love fills me with all peace and joy. My precious girl is with Him and that is the greatest comfort to my heart. Hope you have a fabulous day surrounded by His love!

    • Mamajonk

      Prayers and much love for you and the thoughts you so freely share with us. Blessings from So. California.

  • Anxiety is unfortunately my close friend that drops by at the worst possible time. I know fear can creep up when you least expect it to… And today I think I have found new scripture to pray over my heart until that ugly anxiety leaves.

  • Amen! great study today indeed. And that’s really great Regine ♡ yes keep Him close and all fear and anxiety will break away.
    I am quite anxious , more of a social anxious person so that takes a hold of my life at times.. often.
    also last year I experienced sleep paralysis a few times and it still has me worried sometimes that it will happen again. But thanks be to God for supplying us with the necessary armour. His word, His son and Spirit. .

  • Great study today. And it’s so true, in an loving environment where I was constantly reminded of his love I could finally make bigs steps of getting better from Emetophobia (fear of vomiting). I’m not healed yet but it’s getting better and I’m not letting it control me where I go so much anymore. Three years ago I would have been too afraid to go to a pub. But now I’m no longer a slave to fear! Praise be to him! That he really wants us to be free from all fears! He gently wants to lead us through them. He’ll never do anything to us that’s not for our good.

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