What would you do if I told you that being afraid of God was a sign of immaturity? Many people believe that we should be running around with “the fear of God” in our hearts to keep us from sin and that being afraid of God helps us grow in holiness. The liberating truth is that God, being a God of pure love (see part 01) is not seeking us out to instill fear in us (see part 02), but to drive it out completely!
The Apostle John, the one who was known as the Apostle of Love, says in his short letter 1 John that Fear and Love are unable to coexist peaceably in the heart of a person. He writes, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not made perfect in the person who fears. We love because God first loved us” (4:18-19 NCV). Did you see that first sentence of this passage? There is no fear where God’s love is. They cannot co-exist! Continue reading