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. 1 John 4:18
Every verse of Scripture was written for a specific purpose and application. Yet so many verses have a broader application as well. Take the apostle John’s oft-quoted words in 1 John 4:18, “Perfect love casts out fear.” John’s immediate subject was God’s judgment. His point was that those who are secure in God’s perfect love have no reason to fear His judgment. So God’s love casts out the fear we may have about our sins. God’s love in Christ has paid for those sins. The heart that is full of God’s love has no room for fear of God’s judgment.
How else might this truth apply? Think of all the times we are tempted to fear: We fear the future—but God’s love surrounds us and our future. We fear loving someone who has hurt us—but God’s love gives us assurance of His blessing on our obedience. We fear finding our “place” in life—but God’s love assures us we are created and called according to His purposes. The more we rest in the knowledge of God’s love, the less fear we will experience in any area of life.
If you are experiencing fear of any kind, ask God to show you how His love can take that fear away.
The chains of love are stronger than the chains of fear. William Gurnall