Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. – 1 John 4:18
Little 5-year-old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper one evening. So she asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup. But he didn’t want to go in alone. “It’s dark in there and I’m scared,” he told her.
So she asked again, and he persisted. Finally, she said, “It’s okay – Jesus will be in there with you.” Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came. So he said, “Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me that can of tomato soup?”
Everyone has fears. And maybe today you’re like little Johnny when it comes to fear in your life. No, you may not be afraid of the pantry, but perhaps there’s something that stops you in your tracks and paralyzes you with fear… like sickness… loneliness… abandonment… or death.
But Scripture couldn’t be clearer. The perfect love of Jesus Christ, who loves you so much that He died for you, can drive out any fear in your life. And if you have truly entered a love relationship with Him, then you have the power in you to overcome your greatest fears!
Don’t let fear hinder your life. Instead, live in victory over it by trusting in the love of Christ that lives in you to be bold and live boldly for Him!
Ask God to remind you of the depth of Christ’s love for you. When you do, you’ll be empowered to overcome fear as you cling to the promise that there’s no safer place to be!
Questions for Thought
What’s a fear of yours that sometimes hinders you from enjoying abundant life?
How can reminding yourself of God’s love for you free you from the grip of fear?