Perfect Love Expels All Fear
Written by: Addyson Scarborough
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Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
- 1 John 4:18 NLT
This year, 2020, has just been...wow. Am I right?! This year holds a solid title as the single most chaotic year of my 28 years. 2020 has worked me over in ways I never thought possible. The only thing that seems to be consistent about 2020 is that nothing appears to be consistent. The only true constant we have is the love and salvation of a merciful Father.
This year has been one brutal and ugly storm. It’s made multiple attempts at leaving us feeling battered, broken, and bogged down. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s been successful in some aspects. Though through it all, God has given us mercy and shown us endless love. Survival is love. Food on the table is love. A roof over our heads is love. Remaining in business is love. Provision even in the occurrence that you have suffered some form of loss during this trying time is love.
A global pandemic. Never would I have imagined living through something like this. Separated from loved ones. Beautiful smiles hidden behind masks. No warm embraces. Seems like the plot for a super sad movie. However, amidst the chaos that has been 2020, families placed crosses in their yards as a symbol of their faith over fear. They placed red ribbons outside of their homes to symbolize Christ’s blood shed for our sins, and to signify their stance of being covered by His blood through salvation. To acknowledge that through these trials, they know God’s goodness will sustain them until this season is over.
I will be the first to admit, our lives needed a slow-down. It was a crucial reality check that our family needed to take time to enjoy one another more. One that I don’t think would’ve been put into perspective without a forced lockdown. We’ve had some of the most trying and some of the most memorable times during our months of quarantine.
This verse got me through quarantine because sometimes we are faced with circumstances that ignite fear in every aspect of our lives. We are faced with unimaginable things. Things that allow satan a loophole into the darkest places of our minds. In those moments of weakness and self-doubt, we begin to allow fear to tell us that we are not strong enough, brave enough, or persistent enough to withstand the storm we’re up against. But God’s Word tells us that His perfect love is a free gift. It is not earned, and there is no season we cannot push through when we acknowledge the outpouring of God’s love in our lives.
Through acknowledging God’s love for us, we allow our hearts to become open to the promises God has for us. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us. Psalm 100:5 tells us that the Lord is good and His love endures forever. Through His promises, we do not have to live in fear because He loves us more than that and joy comes when we live in God’s presence.
1. Looking back over your time in this global pandemic so far, what would you say were the worst and best things you experienced? Were there any verses that stood out in your mind to help you push through the tough days?
2. What is something you were able to do during quarantine to help lift someone’s spirits, or was there an experience where God used someone to bless you during this trying time?
Dear Lord, there are days when I am so overwhelmed and exhausted… days when I feel like I cannot get a leg to stand on. Thank You for being my strength when I am weak. Thank You for giving me peace amidst the chaos. I am so grateful to be cared for by You. Thank You for being that ray of sunshine on those cloudy days. I love You, Lord. Amen.
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