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Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The Holy Spirit living in us will teach us how to cast out fear and how to not allow it to linger. Love is a fruit of the Spirit, as with any fruit it must be attached to its source, watered and nourished for it to mature into a fully developed harvest. Fear is a natural response of fallen mankind to difficult situations and perfect love is a supernatural response by the Holy Spirit. The word did not say that we would not fear but through His love we can cast it out.  

When we rest in the faithfulness of God and His perfect love for us that is shown in His compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, we can choose to not allow anxiety and fear to stay and take root in our minds. We are persuaded and taught to know, by the Holy Spirt, that nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter what we may go through, God sees and foresees our solutions. We are able to remove doubt and worry based on His word and our understanding of His love, compassion, mercy and grace for us. 

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJ

1 John 4:18 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. NKJ 

It is maturity, growth and fellowship with the Holy Spirit that gives followers of Christ the ability to stand on the faithfulness of God and His perfect love. We understand trouble is a part of life but we trust God in the midst of it. We can refuse to adopt fear as a personal possession, like a pet, and will not become comfortable with having it in our minds and souls to linger around and taunt us. The Holy Spirit enables us to trust God’s love even in hard and chaotic times realizing that nothing will happen to us that God already foreknew the problem and prepared a solution. 

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. NKJ

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJ

Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. NKJ

During these times of social, physical, mental and spiritual unrest, the people of God must learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Resting and trusting in the perfect love of God is what helps us to throw out the fear the world is trying to produce and instill in us. Every believer of Christ has the abilityto walk in the Spirit of this perfect love and to display God’s traits of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace.  This is done through a close relationship and a mature knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NKJ

Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! NKJ

When we know who God is and who we are in Him, then the things of this world will not produce that paralyzing fear in us because we trust in our heritage as children of the Most-High King. Many weapons may be formed and many tongues may speak against us but they will not succeed and will be reproved and denounced in the end.  Perfect love casts out fear because itrests in the protection and generosity of God and His inheritance. 

Isaiah 54:17 ​No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me,” Says the LORD. NKJ

Isaiah 54:14 ​In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. NKJ

To say we have faith in God and live in fear is an oxymoron. These are two polar opposites and cannot coexist because light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time.We are told to think on the things that are pure, just and of good report and not things that cause confusion, hatred and fear.  We all will choose what we allow to stay in our minds and what we will fix our thoughts on, but we are told to let the mind of Christ be in us. Our hope is rooted in the perfect love of God for us and not we ourselves. 

Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. NKJ

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. 

Fear is a natural reaction but faith is a supernatural action that we are empowered with and it is spiritually understood and perceived through the knowledge of God’s perfect love for us. This world is fixated on going after love in all its various forms and are desperate to be connected and to receive love, whether it is to be a parent, to have a spouse or to be in a good family. Some people believe these love relationships are the most important thing in life and if they fail to have a spouse, child, family or friends they are seen as failures. This is not God’s truth because His love gives with no need of replication.  

Psalms 27: 5   For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. NKJ

The fear of failure in life, career and relationships has hinderedsome people from knowing the true expression of God’s unconditional love, which gives love with an open hand. They lose sight of the joy of giving without looking for anything in return. No matter who we are or where we live there are people around us who are in need of love, be it a child longing for the love of a parent or a person who wishes they had a friend, we can be that love. We can learn to work without complaint and trust God with our life and our future. It may be difficult and challenging because people are messy and hard to approach and please, but so were we in our mess before Christ.

Psalms 27:1,    The LORD is the light of my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? NKJ 

As mature followers of Christ we are to give the perfect love of God as He loved us, with an open hand and a generous heart.  God has feely given to every person His love through Christ, to accept or reject.  When we give His love to others it takes our mind off of ourselves and our lack and we become givers of love and not in desperate need of love.   We can learn how to walk in the chaos of this world without holding on to the fear that comes at us by knowing God’s word is true. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. KJV

Perfect Love Is Seen In Compassion, Mercy, Forgiveness and Grace

Perfect love is a spiritual attribute of God and is established in His righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit which lives in every true believer of Christ. The perfect love of God is seen in His compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, which are kingdom principles that are developed by the Holy Spirit. These kingdom traits are not of the world but are cultivated and matured through a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Psalms 86:15           But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. NKJ

Luke 17:20 The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, see here or see there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. NKJ

God showed His compassion, concern, care and kindness for us in that while we were still sinners and enemies of God in our own mind, He provided a way for redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation.  Perfect love has compassion on others even their enemies and in perfect love we are willing to help and pray for those who are against them. 

Colossians 1:21      And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your own mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled. NKJ

God was merciful in His willingness to pardon our sins, while we were still in sin. In His mercyHe had sympathy, leniency and forbearance toward us and was shown by Him not destroying us while we were in the very act of our rebellion against Him.  Perfect love has sympathy and forbearance even for the ungodly and we can pray for God to be merciful and that they will not see eternal destruction. 

Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. NKJ

In forgiveness of our sins God provided pardon and clemency from the mutiny and insurrection against Him through the atoning blood of Christ in His life, death and resurrection. Perfect love forgives even without a request for pardon because we can walk in perfect love because we too have been forgiven of our sinful rebellion. 

Psalms 78: 38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; NKJ

In God’s grace He provided reconciliation and benevolence in providing what we could never have obtained for ourselves, which is salvation and eternal life.  In grace God has not only provided payment of our sins but an abundant life and eternal communion for those who receive His Son Jesus as the propitiation for sin. Perfect love freely gives without looking for something in return. We by the Holy Spirit can give generously to those who are in need without excepting to receive any benefit or gain from them.

Psalms 145:8-9 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. NKJ

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. NKJ

God’s perfect love is so profound, thoughtful and overwhelming that in our limited natural understanding we are unable to comprehend the depth of His love. God’s expression of perfect love is unidentifiable and is a mystery to the natural mind. God’s love is unmerited, underserved and unearned and yet it is freely given, which is difficult for people in a natural mindset to understand. Perfect love is shown and understood only through the power of the Holy Spirit and as we grow in communion and knowledge of God the more we are able to display His perfect love to others. 

Psalms 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. NKJ

A person of good moral character, who has integrity and is noble in character can obtain in their natural state acts of true love, which gives. They can even obtain great love and be willing to sacrifice for its beloved.  The Holy Spirit, God living in us, is what gives believers in Christ the ability to perform in perfect love through our close relationship and knowledge of God. It in our fellowship with Christ that we are able to remotely understand the profound deepness of God’s perfect love for us and to show this love to others.

Ephesians 3:17- 18 That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, length and depth and height- NKJ

Perfect love can be expressed toward another though it may never be acknowledged and though their acts of kindness may be refused.  God gives rain and sun to the righteous and the unrighteous just as He sent Jesus to redeem all humanity. Some people will reject His redemption, will not acknowledge Him as their God and will discard and decline His gift of love and life which is in Christ. We too, as His children can show His perfect love to those who love us, as well as to those who wish to do us harm. 

Matthew 5:45        That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. NKJ

Perfect love is empowered by the Holy Spirit and can stand unrequited without ever being reciprocated, acknowledged or may even be misunderstood by its beloved. God has given us His unconditional love and has displayed His great love for us through the life of His Son Jesus died for us all that we may have eternal life.  As ambassadors of Christ and His kingdom, we too can love unconditionally those who are without hope. 

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues and you will keep My judgement and do them. NKJ

God has placed us in families and communities with people who may not like us, look like us and may even despise us, but this is where God has entrusted us to be, to show His love and His light.  Through the Holy Spirit we can show His perfect love in deed, in truth and in our actions.  

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. NIV

It only takes one person to choose to live in the love of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. One person can choose to give themselves to God that they may be a witness of His perfect love to those who are called unloving and unlovable that others may see light God’s love on the earth.  It took one person to sail around the world to prove it could be done and after that many were able to make that journey. So, it can be with one person who will trust God and walk in love, though it may be a hard journey, it is possible to be the pattern others will follow. 

1 Timothy 1:15 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. NKJ 

  1. True Love gives of its self to its beloved, while love perverted takes. 
  2. Great love sacrifices without any expectation of reciprocation to receive love in return.  Great love is given and can be unrequited.  
  3. Perfect love is an attribute of God, a supernatural gift endowed by God and is given in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is displayed in the character traits of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, which is the unconditional love of God.

Great Love Sacrifices – Can Be Unrequited

Great love is willing to deny self and will sacrifice a fleeting moment of pleasure for love that honors, respects and has a lasting and eternal weight of glory. It is great love that is able to display love that is unrequited, a love that sacrifices and does not have to be reciprocated nor demand that their love to be returned in some act or demonstration. Great love is a form of God’s unconditional love that is offered to all mankind regardless of their willingness to accept and it stands true even in the face of rejection. Christ died for all mankind, not just the righteous and those who would receive His love, but for those who would refuse His love also. 

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which s but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. NKJ

Love is both profound and a mystery.  Love originated with God and is a gift God has given to mankind, that we may know and experience His love for us through the various relationships that we have.   Love is a trait of God’s Character that was given to humanity and yet this world will say, God does not want us to love or be loved. Yet it was God who gave us the ability to love in so many different forms and relationships, be it with parents, siblings, children, family, friends or community.  In these different relationships we are able to express love and to receive love and they all are gifts from God. It is through love that we are able to express and experience His Love for us.

Have you ever experienced a love so profound, so overwhelming that you are willing to take on the most difficult problems and the hardest of challenges to secure, provide and protect the one you love and to keep them safe? Great love is willing to make sacrifices because of the relationship and the affection it has for the beloved.   It was God who loved us so deeply, so profoundly and so intently that He gave His Son Jesus as an expression of the great love He has for us.  

Every expression of love, every touch, word expressed or deed done all originated in God. It is awesome to think that in every generation, culture and walk of life there is a sense and ability to love, to express love, to see and know the feeling of love. This ability to give love and receive love was given to all humanity by a loving God. However, the enemy has perverted God’s love and beguiled mankind into thinking God is against their love and that they are not loved by God. 

The Bible says, great love will sacrifice and lay down its life for a friend and great love comes through the understanding of God and His word.  We can understand love in natural relationships such as those between spouses and of parent-child relationship and can grasp the willingness for one to lay down their life for their beloved.  It is rare, but some people are willing to die for a good person, king and country but for most of us the thought of laying down our lives for others is inconceivable.  

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down one’s life for his friend. NKJ

This fallen world’s view of love is self-centered, self-absorbed and is about self-gratification and will say, God is trying to keep them from having fun and enjoying themselves.  Love is a powerful thing and mishandled it can cause hurt and devastation and for this reason God gives us direction and a choice.  People are free to make their own choices but they are not free to choose the consequences or the results of those choices.  Often people go into situations without thinking things through to the end results or the effects and outcome of their actions. 

We were created to be an expression of God’s great love in the earth and He has given us the awesome power to show great, unrequited love through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The enemy has lied and beguiled people into go after the pleasures of sin, which is for a season, and then often ends in destruction.  It is in the aftermath of broken relationships, when hearts and lives are torn apart that we can see the wisdom of God in setting boundaries and giving us instructions to protect those in love. 

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward. NKJ

A loving God gave humanity the ability to love so we may have a better understanding His love for us. It is God through the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to display great and unconditional. 

Romans 5:8 For when we were without strength, in due lime Christ died for the ungodly. NKJ

True Love Gives – Love Perverted Takes

Love is a powerful thing, it originated with God and is a gift from God that we may experience the essence of His love and His glory on the earth.  As with anything that is powerful, it can be used for good or for harm, and for this reason we are given instructions and boundaries that would help safeguard for usfrom mischief. This world has trained us to look elsewhere to fame, fortune or things to indulge our need for love. Rather than understanding the love God has for us and the high calling of His love, which is to give instead of taking.  

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting live. NKJ

We have been beguiled by the lies of this fallen world, which says God does not love us and He want to keep us from being loved. We have been told that we are unloved, worthless and insignificant, because we lack in some area be it ethnicity, beauty, intellect, fame, fortune or social status.  We are constantly being told by this system that we are not wanted, to go away or that no one will ever love us because of who we are,or are not. But God, even at our worst moments, in His great love and mercy saw us polluted in our shame and spoke words of love and comfort, that we may live in the truth of His love for us.

Ezekiel 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto they when thou wastin thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto they when thou wast in they blood, live. KJV

In the natural we are self-centered and self-indulgenced people who look to have our needs satisfied, but true love gives for thesatisfaction to others. Lust is a perverted form of love that takes from others only to gratify itself. Our minds have been conditioned to think that our lives are futile and meaningless,but God has called us His beloved, a pearl of great worth and precious in His sight. 

Matthew 13:45-46 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. NKJ

As our world is now, it would have us looking for things or sensations to satisfy our desires, which is not love but a twisted indulgent since of self. Lust looks for immediate fulfillment at the cost and at the expense of others. This intense desire looks for immediate gratification with an excessive craving and an overmastering desire that will sacrifice the what is right and appropriate for ill-gotten and instant pleasures. It will sacrifice its future and eternal hope on the altar of momentary pleasuresjust to please the flesh but will never be satisfied. Lust createsan insatiable greed that promotes a one-person activity that only looks out for self.  

Hebrew 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God that to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches that the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. NKJ

God is love and He created us in His image of love that we mayexpress this love as we give of ourselves so others may live. True love gives so that others may see and receive the light of God’s love. In the giving of good gifts, we take time, thought and effort in knowing the needs and desires of that person with the motive of seeing them joyful.  If our motive is to make ourselves feel or look good then that gift is given with selfish motives. God’s love is compassionate and kind. 

Colossians 1:21-22   And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– NKJ

God has provided His love to every person through Jesus Christ, but everyone as a free-agent, with a will, will decidetheir own fate and destiny, to accept or reject God’s love. We are all subject to the biases, prejudices, hatred and division of this world. No matter what area, what culture or society, whether we be rich or poor, esteemed or debased, prior to receiving Christ, we all have suffered in not know the true loveof God.  

Jesus stands at the door of our hearts knocking, asking to come in, to flood and overwhelm our lives with His love. As any person with honor and virtue, Jesus will not force His way into our lives. He is willing to wait for us to open the door of our hearts and let Him into our lives, homes and communities. 

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. NKJ

In truth Christ came and gave Himself for us that we may live and have an abundant life. True love gives looking for nothing in return, while lust looks to gratify its needs and longings. For us to know love and to show love we must reform our thinking and transform the ways we choose to pursue and demonstratelove. Jesus is our example of love in every relationship and especially with our most intimate ones, Christ so love the church, His Bride and gave Himself for her. 

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. NKJ 

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. NKJ

The world is going after smoke and vapors, things that have no substance and do not satisfy, not realizing they were created in the very essence of love, to be an example of love in the earth. If we are feeling unloved or feel we are living without love, it is a lie from Satan. It is rooted in a system that cultivates selfishness and pride at the expense of others. Some people will seduce others by saying “if you love me you will do this…” just to fill a temporary void. This void can truly be satisfied and fulfilled with the gift of God’s love.

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