Don’t be trapped by fear, live in perfect love.
There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment with the coronavirus spreading across the globe, countries on the edge of war and devastating flooding and forest fires around the world. It would be pretty easy for us to panic and live in a life of fear - many people have already been trapped by fear of illness, fear that they will lose money or fear for others.
What is the role of the church in all of this? Our role is to be wise not afraid and to show selflessness not selfishness.
How do we do these things? One of the key ways we can show the world that we are different is by living in a place of perfect love. Here are a few things that the Bible tells us about love:
1. God is love (perfect love).
1 John 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
2. God lives in us and us in God, if we acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God.
1 John 4:15-17 New International Version (NIV)
15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.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.
3. Perfect love casts out fear.
1 John 4:18 New International Version (NIV)
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.
When we apply all of these things together we can see that fear has no place in us. However, we are human and we will fall short. At some point in our lives each one of us will experience fear. The key thing for us to understand is that God drives out that fear and the very same God lives in us.
How can we practically live this out?
Psalms 91:1-2 NIV
1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.””
Very often in the New Testament we see Jesus leave the disciples for a time and head up a mountain to spend time with God and both spiritually and practically refocus. We need to find our ‘Mountain’ and take the time to refocus ourselves both spiritually and practically - through this we can bring ourselves back into a point of living in perfect love.
Where or what is your mountain space?
How can you help others and show the wisdom and love of God through today’s situations?