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Love versus Fear

“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV)
Love and fear are two of the most basic drivers of human beings and we can live out of one or the other. The way of Christ is the way of love. “He who fears has not been perfected in love” writes John, the beloved apostle (1 John 4:18). That is to say, it is possible to walk in love, without a trace of fear. This is Christian perfection, where Jesus desires to take us, to become like Him. At a Washington for Jesus rally an African American Bishop commented, “If you Christians ever get over your fear, you’re going to be dangerous.” The command “Do not fear” appears in the Bible over three hundred times! Safe to say, God wants us to be consumed by love, not driven by fear.
The apostle Paul tells us that anything we do as believers, however heroic or astonishing, must come from a place of love, otherwise it means nothing. The battle between love and fear is a big deal, and worth fighting for. God …

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