“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”
Fear crippled me for so long, dragging me around with chains and leaving me feeling powerless to put up any kind of a fight. Partially because I didn’t realize it was fear for a long time; I just thought it was me. Once the Lord exposed it, I was able to look back and see its fingerprints on so many memories.
In a nutshell, I loathe the spirit of fear. I would love to say that when it was exposed I was able to quote verses a couple of times and watch it flee. However, I found that as the Lord was able to destroy its yoke with His anointing, I had to consistently fight to pull down the strongholds it had built in my life. The war had been won, but I still to this day have to be faithful to see each battle through to that end.
“We were not given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” “Perfect love drives out fear.” I have found that it isn’t just the knowledge of these verses that defeats my foe—it is the full-blown practice of them.
I knew in my mind that I was loved perfectly by the Lord, yet I struggled to completely receive it with my heart because of fear that He may not actually accept me for me. This allowed fear to control me. The coolest part of realizing how to let Him love me completely is allowing His love to flow through me to others. I learned that loving perfectly—truly pouring out love with no expectation of repayment, no dependence on a reciprocal response—was the accurate display of what the Lord was trying to do in me. It’s amazing…fear cannot hang around when you decide to love without hesitation, without waiting to feel accepted.
There is truly no fear in love. I challenge you to fully realize that He loves you despite your flaws and weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to be loved…and don’t be afraid to love.
Lord, thank You for wrapping Your arms around me and banishing fear. Thank You for teaching me to love with Your love, causing fear to flee in multiple directions. I am no longer a slave to fear, and I am so happy about it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 John 4:18
2 Timothy 1:7