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by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

God shows us how we can live without fear. “There is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out fear…” (1 John 4:18). In short, if we are living
in fear, we are ignorant of perfect love. John is not saying, “Perfect love
for God casts out all fear,” and he isn’t speaking of unwavering love or
mature love in Christians, as some interpreters suggest. That isn’t where
perfect love begins for true believers.

Certainly, we love God, a fact that is beyond doubt. But consider what John
says about perfect love earlier in the chapter. “If we love one another, God
dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us” (4:12, my italics).
According to John, the first consideration of perfect love is unconditional
love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

A Christian can say that he loves God, that he is doing the Lord’s will, that
he is faithfully performing the work of the kingdom. Such a person may be a
worshipper and even a teacher of the Word. But if he holds a grudge or speaks
against another—if he shuts out anyone in the body of Christ—he walks in
darkness, and a spirit of death is on him. All life, all good works, are out of
order in this person. Consider what John says of him: “He that saith he is in
the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now” (1 John

If you are interested in living a life without fear, John tells us there is a
way to do so. Indeed, there is a perfect love that drives out all fear and this
is the first step we must take: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to
love one another” (1 John 4:11). Yes, we must first deal with our
relationships in the body of Christ.

According to John we are commanded to love others as Christ loved us in order
for love to be perfected in us. What is meant by this kind of love? It is more
than forgiveness, much more. It means to forgive all transgressions toward us
and then offer our fellowship. We are to esteem the ones who sinned against us
as highly as we do other members of the body. When we let God’s love dwell in
us and perfect us, all fear will be cast out.

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Written by Sean Scott

July 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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