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1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
When you love someone beyond a shadow of doubt, you trust that person explicitly, amen? In our finite minds, we equate love and trust. Do you trust the Lord? Do you love Him? Notice in today’s verse, John points out that perfect love casts out fear. Jesus died for our sins – past, present and future. Our condemnation has been eliminated – totally obliterated – because of Christ’s shed blood, my friend. Once we have believed on Christ and received a new life (2 Cor. 5:17), we have received eternal life. That eternal life with Him will never be taken away.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Romans 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Having no condemnation luring over us, why should we be fearful? Christ’s perfect love has been shown to us – given to us in the perfect gift of salvation! Why should we not love Him with the same fervor? The Christian is so loved by the Lord and that love should cast out any fears that we have. Any uncertainties should be replaced with assurance that no matter what, our salvation is not based on anything that we do or don’t do. It is based on Christ’s blood and only His shed blood.
Now granted, as believers we will be “spanked” for continuing in sin. Our salvation depends on what Christ did – but if we want fear to be removed and peace to follow, we must remember that this is totally dependent on what we do with our salvation. When we live according to His will, we have peace. It is when we rebel and fall into sin that this peace is replaced with fear and uncertainty.
Wouldn’t you rather live with peace, Christian? I know I would!