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. - 1John 4:18 NASB
There is a popular song by Zach Williams, entitled Fear is a Liar. Throughout that song, Zach mentions numerous lies the enemy tells us during our lives. Whether we are told we aren't good enough, we aren't loved, we don't fit in, or we don't have a real home, these are all lies!
Many of us are fearful and anxious these days. The coronavirus pandemic has rocked the security most of us lived in. The upcoming presidential election has seemed to shine a spotlight on the differences that divides our society rather than the similarities that unites our society. People has lost their jobs due to shutdowns and furloughs. Sickness is on the rise as we head into colder weather.
In spite of all of this, God's word explicitly tells us not to fear. Is that even possible? On our own, I don't believe that it is. But, for those who are saved and have the love of God inside of them, it is not only possible, but it is also commanded.
As today's verse shows, there is no fear in love. Does this mean if I love someone or something, I won't be afraid? Not exactly. Just a few verses prior to this one, John asserts that "God is love." Those who have been saved have God's love in them, and it is this love that casts out all fear. This is why the command not to fear is so prevalent in the Bible. Not only does God command us not to fear, but He also equips us with His love to overcome fear!
Fear is a negative belief that something bad will happen, while faith is a positive belief that something good will happen. Either way, we have to choose what to believe in. For Christians, we have the ability to choose to believe God loves us, provides for us, and protects us. We don't have to fear circumstances or uncertainties because we can be certain God loves us!
Just remember the truth that God loves us. His love casts out fear. And, fear is indeed a liar!