Read 1 John 3:1 through 4:21
Katie’s fear was palpable at first—like a thick smog cloud. She was new in the faith and had not deeply experienced the love of the Father. Over time, she learned that God was not just a Judge but a benevolent Creator who truly cared for her. Katie’s fears began to dissolve one by one through her exposure to the light of God’s perfect love.
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 4:18).
Learning about God’s love is not just an intellectual pursuit. God wants us to understand His love for us. This comes through meditating on His Word, spending time in prayer, and practicing love for others. God’s love for us and our love for others is, and always will be, interrelated. We conquer fear by progressively understanding God’s love for us and by growing in our love for others.
Thought for Today: Are you gripped by fear today? More of God’s love is the answer.
Quicklook: 1 John 4:12–21