When we deal with fear, it’s a very real thing. Often times we can relate to one another based on our fears, and while many of us fight similar fears, we all have a unique perspective on what is causing that fear. The passage that was shared in our devotional today was,

1 John 4:18, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear…”

This passage reminds us that when we struggle with fear and anxiety it is often because we are looking for something other than the perfect love that come from God to fight our fear. When finances are tight, or we loose a job, we try to find someone to fix that for us. Perhaps you turn to a spouse, friends, family, or even the government to fix your needs, but we still find unrest in these situations. When we rest in God’s perfect love, fear cannot overcome us, because His perfect love consumes us. Then we can trust in that perfect love to provide for us, and we begin to watch our fears and anxieties fall away.

Further Reading | Galatians 4:1-7

Think of it this way. If a father dies and leaves an inheritance for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had. They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set. And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.