Love Casts Out Fear

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. -1 John 4:18

Christianity gave love (Greek “agape”) a new meaning. This word rarely occurs in existing non-biblical Greek manuscripts during this time period. Agape denotes an undefeatable benevolence and unconquerable goodwill that always seeks the highest good of the other person, no matter what he does. It is the selfless love that gives freely, without asking anything in return and does not consider the worth of its object. Agape is a love by choice, and it refers to the will to love rather than the emotion of love. Agape describes the unconditional love God has for the world.

God’s love for the world and toward each of us is complete. Fear seeks to grip our souls and convince us that circumstances and sin can triumph over us and negate the undefeatable, unconquerable love that securely holds us. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are His, and He finds us precious.

He will keep us, love us, and if we will hold tightly to Him, He will drive our fears far from us.

1 Corinthians