Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

What’s your biggest fear? Is it spiders? Snakes? Speaking in public? Loneliness? Rejection? We tend to think of the “easy” fears first, like animals or insects, but when we get deeper, it gets uncomfortable. I’ll just be honest. I am afraid to fail. I love to do the right thing and get it just perfect, but sometimes I don’t let myself do something because I am afraid I will totally botch it up.

I’ve shared a little bit about my 20-month-old, Brady, and the fact that I’m due any day now with my little girl, Sophie. I’d be lying if I said the fact that my children will be this close together doesn’t make me more than slightly nervous. For starters, Brady and I are BFFs. I know that a lot of moms love their babies, but I’m serious, y’all—I laugh real live adult laughs at this child. The idea that I might miss one single thing that he does terrifies me and also makes me really sad. I love watching him learn about the world and show off all of his new skills.

Last night I was standing in his room, holding him, and thinking about what our lives were about to look like. The same fears tried to creep in, but this time it was different. I’ve known this whole pregnancy that God was in control and would care for us, but I also have this keen awareness that Him being in control doesn’t mean life is roses and ice cream. But God allowed me to stand there, back aching, rocking this sweet child, with the knowledge that I would still have those moments. I would still see him learn about the world, but now I could also see him learn about loving a little sister and what it means to be a man of God. This bathtub-splashing, avocado-smashing toddler has a hope and a future because of the same Savior who went to the cross for me. And now part of that future is being a big brother, which is certainly part of God’s perfect plan.

As Christians, we experience fear in all kinds of ways. Sometimes we have tiny fears that we allow to consume us and lead us to avoid the thought of even speaking to someone about our Lord. We allow our busyness to cover us and we miss opportunities of God speaking directly to our hearts. First John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (NIV), and that promise is still true today.

Maybe your biggest fear as a Christian is putting yourself out there, loving as Christ does, and getting rejected. Fortunately that just does not matter. The love of Christ—perfect love—drives out any kind of fear we could conjure up. So take some time today to contemplate those fears and allow God to cast them out and replace them with His unrelenting love. There is beautiful truth to be found, and a beautiful life to be lived!


Allison Turner is the mother to three babies in three different places—in heaven, in her home, and in the womb! A ramen connoisseur who believes music can reach even the darkest soul, Allison is loving serving the community of Blytheville with her husband, Travis.

 

 


 

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