1 John – Feb 20

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”

1 John 4:13-21

Have you ever been afraid? Afraid of the unknown? Afraid of the known? Has fear made you feel you couldn’t move in any direction but instead you felt trapped in fear? When we know God is Love and when we know God is good, those two truths can help us navigate through our fears. We still may not know what the future will hold, but we can be confident and assured in WHO holds the future. God is with us. God loves us and no matter what today or tomorrow holds, those two truths remain. God is with us and God loves us.

When we hold onto those two truths, fear begins to fade and His perfect love consumes us because God is love!