The Fear-Expelling Love of God

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. 1 John 4:18

Heavenly Father, our hearts need to catch up with heads, especially in matters of grace. There’s a disparity between what we confess as our creed, and possess as our experience.

Theologically, we know that when Jesus died on the cross, he exhausted the judgment we deserve; you robed us in his righteousness; and now you pour your love on us copiously and continually. We know this is what the Bible teaches, but make it palpably real in our hearts, Father.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, drive out the nefarious, destructive fears that haunt and taunt us. Sometimes, the devil accuses us when we’re weak, and know we’ve “blown it.” Sometimes he attacks us with contempt through those closest to us. Sometimes in our dreams, many times when we’ve haven’t spent time marinating in the Gospel, meditating on the wonders of your love, and fellowshipping with Jesus.

May your perfect love drive out everything that contradicts your declaration that we are your beloved children, fully and eternally accepted and acceptable in Jesus. Shut the mouth of the devil with this Jesus’ bold affirmation, “It is finished!” So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ mighty and merciful name.