If God is love and there is no fear in love then…

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. I Jn. 4:18

Jesus conquered the most prevalent human fears at the cross: death, hell, and the grave. But living in fear is another kind of death, another kind of hell, another kind of grave. Fear keeps us from pursuing opportunities or deepening relationships. Fear may cause us to retreat into the paranoia and mediocrity of terrified compliance for fear of judgment and punishment. Fear offers the opposite of the peace, abundance, and love. If seeing Jesus means seeing the Father, the loving Father God that Jesus shows us offers transforming restoration.  The Father Jesus shows  isn’t interested in judging or punishing us, but in giving us abundant spiritual, emotional, experiential, existential, and physical good gifts out of love for us. Could an angry god who deals in fear, retribution, and conformity actually be this same god?

Father, please help those who still fear little “g’s” to experience You as big “G” full of love and grace.