16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:16-18
Wow, found this little nugget in the reading today. I can’t emphasize how important love is to our very lives. When we are fearful of things or situations John is saying we don’t have love with in our hearts. It can sound harsh, but it really isn’t. He is not talking about normal fears or trepidations we may have. What he is talking about is living our lives in fear. A lot of sin in this world is due to fearful living. I used to be one who would allow my fears to take control of my life. What love does is puts you in control of your fears and faith replaces the fear. God does not want us living in fear except fearing Him, but that is a awe type of fear. Being honoring to our creator God. The true tree of eternal life is finding and using love in our everyday lives. Living a loving life is being focused on others and not yourself. The living waters Jesus talked about is the Holy Spirit channeling our love of God to others. So, don’t live in fear, live in love and faith and know that God is in control of everything.