Love Casts Out Fear

Fear often dominates our lives, all the things that frighten us. God gives us the way out of the caves of horror.

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

Fear has no place in love. Bold confidence (1 John 4:17), based on love, cannot coexist with fear. Love, which, when perfected, gives bold confidence, casts out fear (compare Hebrews 2:14, 15). The design of Christ’s propitiatory death was to deliver from this bondage of fear. but — “nay” [ALFORD]. fear hath torment — Greek,“punishment.” Fear is always revolving in the mind the punishment deserved [ESTIUS]. Fear, by anticipating punishment (through consciousness of deserving it), has it even now, that is, the foretaste of it. Perfect love is incompatible with such a self-punishing fear. Godly fear of offending God is quite distinct from slavish fear of consciously deserved punishment. The latter fear is natural to us all until love casts it out. “Men’s states vary: one is without fear and love; another, with fear without love; another, with fear and love; another, without fear with love” [BENGEL].

 

Psa. 11:4 ¶   The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’S throne is in heaven;
            His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
Psa. 11:5       The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked,
            And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Psa. 11:7       For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness;

            The upright will behold His face.

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