Saturday, May 11, 2013

Perfect Love -- His Love Perfected

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4: 18)


Why does perfect love cast out fear? Because it’s all Him, and none of us. This love has nothing to do with us, whether we are good or bad! It’s all about Him.

Looking back over the entire fourth chapter of First John, we find first the definition of God's love:

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4: 10)

This love has covered all of our sins. Not one sin has been left unpunished, or otherwise Christ would not have risen from the dead.

Giving all to redeem us from all and then some, that is who God is:

"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." (1 John 4: 16)

This love does more than just remove the imputation of sin in our lives:

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)

We have boldness in any day of judgment because when the Accuser of the brethren, or any other accuser tried to shame us, we merely rest in the righteousness that we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 21; Hebrews 4: 11)

This love is perfected, also, because it forever takes care of our sin problem, that we can walk about freely without fear of condemnation, punishment, or death.

This is the perfect love that casts out fear, a love from which nothing can separate us (Romans 8:38-39)

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