1 John 4:16 NKJV And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:18 NKJV 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.
“We have known & believed the love that God has for us.” God loves us. That is such glorious news we should be telling people about it. Oh wait, that is what we are called to do. God’s reason for loving us, although It’s been expressed in a number of different ways, stems from the reality of who He is. God is love.
This is important in the discussion of fear, because, “There is no fear in love…” (1 John 4:18). God is love. There is no fear in love. Therefor there is no fear in God. God is utterly and completely fearless. That’s good news, because at the New Birth we were made in His image. 2 Peter 1:4 tells us we have become partakers of His divine nature. We now share in the love of God. It is His perfect love in us that drives fear away as His love is perfected in us.
This means that, “Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.” – Dr Steve Maraboli. God hasn’t given us the Holy Spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). How could He? There is no fear in Him. Instead we have been given the Holy Spirit of God and remade in His loving and fearless image.
If we have fear, that doesn’t mean we aren’t saved or we don’t have God. It just means that there is an area of our lives that we have not yet allowed to be made perfect by His love. We all have areas that we have not allowed the Truth of God’s Word (His Love Story) to become the final authority in our lives. But as we search out His Word, allow it to become real to us and live out of that reality applying it and continuing in it, His love is perfected in that area of our life and fear is diminished and banished from us. Then we are able to walk in a new freedom partaking more of the loving nature of our God who is love and fears not.