Verse of the Day for February 22, 2016 provides yet another reference to the love of God:
1 John 4:18 (NKJV):
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
The Amplified Bible offers this rendering:
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].
The book of I John also reveals the “perfect” connection between fear and love, particularly in 1 John 2:5 (NKJV):
But whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this know that we are in Him.
In those who hear the Word of God and keep it, the love of God is “perfected” or made perfect or complete, wanting in nothing or brought to maturity in them. To be “perfected” is to be brought to a full end.
The Verse of the Day provides the basis for love being the perfect antidote to fear. When an individual is “perfected in love” and walks in or demonstrates that love, there is no room for fear.
The words “Do not fear” or some variation thereof appear 365 times in the Bible. We can, thus, view the expression as a daily memo from God with instructions as to how we should live. In the midst of our turbulent times laden with fear that seems to pervade the world, we must never forget that God loves us. Knowing that God loves us and that nothing can separate us from His love, we find comfort and strength when we face the challenges of life that seem to overwhelm us at times. The words of the Psalmist, however, remind us of this truth:
Psalm 23: 4 (NLT)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
The lyrics to this original song also reinforce the message that God loves us and is always with us:
When You Walk through the Valley
When you walk through the valley,
I’ll be right there to guide you.
I will lighten your path all along the way.
I will turn your darkest night into the brightest day.
When you go through the fire,
It will not singe or burn you.
I will quench the fiery flames of the enemy.
Don’t look right or left but only unto to me.
When you go through the flood,
It will not overwhelm you.
I will bear you up on eagle’s wings.
You are more than conquerors in all these things.
I will uphold you and keep you.
I will sustain and support you.
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
All my promises are sure.
I know you, and I love you.
I will supply all your need.
Never fear, my child,
I am here, my child.
I love you, and I am always near.
As we reflect on the Verse of the Day and related scriptures, the lyrics to this powerful song by Phil King reinforce the message “Love casts out fear”: