“Perfect love casts out fear.” -1 John 4:18a
Today is Good Friday…the day we remember our Savior willingly dying a gruesome death on the cross so that we could be right with God.
My dad taught on “fear” this last Sunday, and it got me thinking about the relationship between fear and love. 1 John 4:18a says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…”
So the question is, what is perfect love? Well, God is all-good and perfect, and therefore His love is perfect love…in fact, God is love (1 John 4:8). It is this kind of love that casts out fear! What kind of fear does it cast out? Many, but most importantly, the fear of the grave. Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
By dying on the cross, God’s perfect love was revealed and poured out on us, despite our sin. This perfect love has conquered the grave, and for us who have accepted Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins, it has cast out the fear of the grave! Isn’t that exciting? I knew all of this “in my head,” but it really impacted me when I was able to piece it together through the different Scripture verses and see the “bigger picture.”
Love…we’ve done many, many posts on love! The perfect love of God, its conquering over death, and the boldness it gives us as believers are seen beautifully in this well known verse from John 3:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Behold the Lamb who bears our sins away, slain for us. And we remember the promise made that all who come in faith find forgiveness at the cross.
His perfect love casts out fear.
PS: If you haven’t accepted Jesus’ free payment on the cross for your sins, I urge you to. If you die without being being reconciled to God, you will spend eternity apart from Him (Romans 6:23). He is the only way we can have a relationship with God (John 14:6). We cannot earn our salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9.