What A Man Says
When I look around the world at people and the relationships that they have with each other, I see many of them who are living in fear. They have fear that they may be betrayed, hurt, abandoned, or unloved. In fact, I now see with complete honesty that for much of my life, I lived with those same fears. No matter what I was doing, if I were to go down to the true root of the motivation behind my actions, it was because I had a deep desire to be loved and accepted. No matter where I would try to find that love and acceptance, I still felt the fear of not having it. It was not until I surrendered my will over to Christ that I finally began to understand what today's verse is actually talking about.
The scripture for today says this: "But perfect love drives out fear..." The wording of this sentence is truly amazing. It does not say that love drives out fear, it says perfect love does. This is a qualifying statement that tells us of the kind of love that is required in order to overcome fear. So what does perfect love mean and what does it look like? God's Word gives us a complete description in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." This is how God perfectly loves His children and this must also serve as the model for the love that we strive to give in our own lives.
We are called to love one another. In fact, the Bible tells us that it is by our love for one another that people will know we are followers of Christ. But, the love that we demonstrate must be different than that of the world. It must be rooted in the love of Christ, and we must always strive to love those around us in the same way that Christ first loved us.
I have two questions for your today as we close. The first is: are there people that the Lord has placed in your life that you have not been showing this kind of love to? Maybe you have kept a list of their wrongs, maybe you have not been patient, or maybe you have not been kind. The second question is: are you still seeking to find perfect love from other people in this world? Understand that the only one who can love you like that and drive out all fear is Jesus Christ.