A Note From
Did you know that there is something that cannot exist with love?
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
In verse 17, John tells us how to have confidence or boldness on the day of judgment.
John wants to help us enjoy confidence before God.
God does not want us to be paralyzed or depressed by fear of judgment. We need to be a generation of Christians who are utterly confident that God accepts us.
When you abide in love, love is perfected in you. Love is never threatened with punishment. So there is no fear in love.
When we do not devote our lives to the eternal good of other people, there is a deep contradiction within us that gnaws away at our souls and dissolves our confidence, leaving us feeling weak and inauthentic.
It all begins with the love of God. “We love because he first loved us.”
If you lack the power to love, look to the cross of Christ and let the love of God for the lost fill you with hope.