“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love” (1 John 4:17-18, The Message).
Everyone has fears. Everyone.
Maybe yours is a fear that you will end up alone in the end.
Maybe you’re afraid that people will see the real behind the well-rehearsed act and the painted-on smiles and not want to have anything further to do with you.
Maybe you’re anxious over the future, wondering where the money is going to come from to pay the bills.
Maybe you’re scared that you’ll never find out what your purpose in life is.
Ann Voskamp put it best: “All fear is but the notion that God’s love will end.”
As a black pastor put it so well, fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.
Fear only shows you half the picture. Fear envisions a scenario where God either isn’t present or is unwilling to help. Fear leads you to think that the way things are now is how it will always be.
But God’s love is stronger than fear. As the song says, “Every fear has no place at the sound of Your great Name.”
When you focus on fear, you live defeated. When you focus on the love of God and choose gratitude and thanksgiving and joy, you’re showing fear the door.
Choose joy. Choose gratitude. Choose life.
I’m not saying I have fear and anxiety mastered. Some days, it can feel overwhelming. But I know that the future Jesus has promised me is more real than the present fear that I’m feeling.
Perfect love casts out all fear. Just remember that.