Perfect Love Casts out all Fear

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9 January 2019

Have you ever looked at your friends’ social media page and left with a feeling that perhaps your own life is not quite up to scratch? They seem to have life more together and seem to have more fun. 

Comparing our lives to the those who display theirs through social media can often make us feel insecure. We can be fearful that somehow we are not quite doing life right. Perhaps the biggest fear we face is that somehow we are not good enough. Today’s reading speaks to this reality and presents a vastly different possibility.

While we may fear that we are not good enough, God has a different perspective. God desires us to know that he loves us and that we are loveable. We read again today that Jesus has died for us and that he has given us his Spirit. The Holy Spirit given to us is God’s very self, and he dwells within us. If we try and see ourselves from God’s perspective, what would he say to us? He would say as he does today that there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear.

As we allow God to love us, the fear of failure, of not being good enough will subside. Then we will be in a better position to claim scripture’s promise that we are God’s children.

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