The Bible says; “There is no fear in love; for perfect love casts out fear.”

The words “There is no fear in love” may conjure up images of white doves fluttering away in the sunset while violins play in the background. But really, what does this verse mean ? How is it possible that love can drive away fear?

Love, what does this mystical word mean? The Greek language has many different words which translate as love. There is erotic love, brotherly love and then the word “agape” which translates as Godly love. This is the word that is used in this text which we read. This word “agape” has a very interesting meaning, for the love it describes is a love that drives away fear. It is a love that is not victim to whimsical human nature; it is a love that conquers all. This love has a unique origin. Its origin is God Himself.

This love is based on a Godly decision, A decision that overcomes all fear and anguish. A decision that is not made on emotions or feelings. For love is not a feeling, it is an act of your will. Love is a decision made by your will, which then goes over into deeds. I will say it again; love is a decision, which leads to action and deeds.

Yes, love is a choice to be made. Make the choice to trust God, to follow God and be obedient to God. Chose to love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your might. And chose to love your neighbor as yourself. Do this and you will find that love really does cast out all your fear.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

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