This morning as I pondered the “full moon” I was reminded of the strong worldwide belief of fear during this time. Also, pregnant animals deliver their babies while numerous crimes are committed. It is easy to be pulled into that magnetic thought if we are not careful but when we realize there is only one God, the True all-powerful one, we can release that fear.
The amplified version of I John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in Love (dread does not exist), but full-grown (complete, perfect) Love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and (so) he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of Love (is not yet grown into Love’s complete perfection).” Praying with this verse brings peace.
Have not been writing my blogs lately because it seems I have not been feeling up to par. Then, it dawned on me today that yes, I do need to write. Have been very quiet for the last few weeks, but actually feel I have used this time in quiet prayer and humanly, it hasn’t looked like a vacation, but have felt God with me every step of this journey.
Mainly, my verse has been I John 4:18 which reads “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears in not made perfect in love.” It took sometime for me to realize I was not being punished for thinking the wrong thoughts, doing the wrong things, nor saying the wrong thing. This was about my learning more about God and my relationship to Him, which has never, ever been less that perfect. I am not looking for perfection but starting with being spiritually perfect! I have never been separated from God as none of us has. He is right with us patiently waiting for us to humbly turn to Him.
I John 4:18 reads, “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.” So many times it has felt like I should not be afraid, that it is something I need to do. Of course, I realize that fear is the basis of all anger, negative feelings, disease and pain of any kind. That verse is not telling us that there should be no fear in Love, but there is NO fear in Love. God is Love and can know no fear. “Be not afraid” and “Fear not” are all through the Bible. Would God expect His child to do something so difficult?
The Truth is God knows no fear, so how can we? We handle this with the knowledge that we are talking about God here, never, ever human love.
When my heart is filled with gratitude and humility, I experience Heaven on earth, just as I experience hell on earth when my thoughts are filled with pride and fear. I John 4:18 reads “There is no fear in Love. But perfect Love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love.” Today, I will definitely watch my thoughts and keep them joyous. That is my Divine Inheritance and I will Love all.
Today , being the Fourth of July, gives us all pause to reflect on our freedom and we should be so grateful. Even deeper in thought is the desire to have freedom from fear of lack or limitation of good. So many of us are fearful about health, finances or relationships and this certainly can feel like bondage!
In I John 4:18, it reads ” 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.” Obviously, that is not talking about human love, which is so limiting, but God’s Love, which is all-encompassing. When engulfed in fear, the question we must always ask is “Where do I need to Love more?” Love is always the answer.