Perfect love

1 John 4:18 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.

A few years ago, I was at the county fair with my wife and children. We went for spiritual reasons – to watch the demolition derby. We found some seats on the outside bleachers which were about five to six feet back from the fence surrounding the area where the demolition derby would be. The view was pretty good from there. However, shortly before the derby was about to start, some people started lining up at the fence which blocked the view of many of the people in the bleachers. Some of the people standing at the fence were considerate of those in the bleachers and squatted down. Others though kept standing. People in the bleachers were getting upset and some said things to those standing in the way. One woman at the fence took offense and was billigerent. That woman yelled at my wife and my wife responded. It was at that point that I grabbed my kids and said “Let’s go.” I didn’t see any point in staying. As I was walking away, the billigerent woman’s husband said something to my wife too. I didn’t hear what he said but he said it with an angry tone. I turned around and walked back to the guy and stood right in front of him and told him not to talk to my wife that way. He didn’t like that and yelled at me that he didn’t say anything bad. I repeated to him that he should not talk to my wife that way. To add a little more detail, this guy had arms that were probably more than twice the size of mine plus I was holding one of my kids. If this guy wanted to hit me (he probably did based on the angry tone of his voice and the look on his face), I probably would have ended up on the ground. What’s this got to do with the verse above? My perfect love for my wife 😉 cast out any fear I had of physical injury. My love for my wife made me forget about anything that might happen to me.

Many times we find ourselves afraid to witness to someone. We fear that they might get mad or laugh at us or reject us. But if we truly love God like we say we love him, then our perfect love for him will cast out the fear. If we love him, we should not be afraid.

Show your perfect love for God by opening your mouth and warning others about the judgment to come and informing them how they can escape eternal flames. The stakes are high and there is no room for fear.

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