Living In The Realm Of Love Versus In The Realm Of Fear

June 30, 2013

Love is a really good thing. In fact, it’s the best. Because true love, God’s love, is actually the summation of Truth, Wisdom, Purity, and all else that can be considered the personification of God. To walk the Path of love is the fulfillment of God’s moral law (Rom. 13:8-10), for love is God’s character and essence. (1 John 4:16) Therefore if we are in union with God through Christ, we will live in Love. (v. 8,16) As we live through Him (v. 9), His own love will live out through us. (v. 11,12) We will not only love God, but we will also love our Christian brethren (v. 21), our neighbors (Gal. 5:14), and our fellowman (Rom. 13:8), all as we would love ourselves. (v. 9,10) We will fervently, and sacrificially, love God and others (Mark 12:29-31 // 1 John 3:16), not with hollow words, but with actions (1 John 3:18), and always in truth. (same verse)

Anyone who claims to know God, claims to follow Christ, claims to believe God’s Word, claims to walk in the Light, claims to be in the Truth, and/or claims to have been reconciled with God through Christ so that he is on the Path of Eternal Life, must have a life that proves this by loving others as Christ would. If a man does not love this way, his claims mean nothing and he amounts to nothing. (1 Cor. 13:2) No matter what other accomplishments he is recognized for, he actually has gained nothing. (v. 3) He still walks in the darkness, the realm of hate (1 John 2:9), the realm of fear, darkness, evil, and eternal death. (3:12-15) This man fears and hates “because his own actions are evil and his brother’s are righteous.” (See v. 12)

When a person fears, he is fearing punishment (1 John 4:18), and this feeling, which produces anger and guilt, suffocates love. Therefore he spirals down into deeper and deeper hate. This is exhibited as he lives a lifestyle of sin, including one that vacillates between aggression, timidity, anger, hostility, arrogance, a sense of entitlement, inferiority, fear, shame, despair, and a loathing for both himself and others. He lives like this because he walks in the darkness, the darkness has blinded him, and so he continues to stumble. (2:9-11) He cannot see, understand, or choose what is right, righteous, or fair. He cannot abide by even the simplest rules of common etiquette, he cannot comprehend how reprobate he appears to God and decent people, and he cannot see the horrible end he careens toward.

However, the wonderful thing about love, perfect love, God’s love, is that it “drives out fear” (1 John 4:18), and thus all else that is of the evil realm. “There is no fear in love.” (Same verse) The man who loves, who lives in love, who has been “made perfect in love” (same verse), is surrounded with the Light who is God (1:5) “and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.” (2:10) This man lives in God, and God in him, and therefore has nothing to fear. He does not fear God’s day of judgement (4:17), nor does he fear his deeds being exposed to the Light (John 3:20), nor does he fear death, the evil realm, men, or God’s evaluation of him. (2 Tim. 1:7 // Heb. 2:14,15 & 11:27 // 1 John 2:28 & 5:4,18) He is alert to danger and temptation, knowing he could fall prey if he does not “keep his life hidden in Christ” (John 15:1-10 // Col. 3:3), but as long as he knows he is solidly there in God, this man’s Love has driven out all his fear. In fact, it is his Love that compels him to stand up for truth, to work to expose lies, to resist oppressors, to combat the spread of corruption, and to keep proclaiming the Way of Escape, even to his persecutors.

God’s Word is repeatedly telling us not to fear, and when we learn to walk in love, as Scripture also repeatedly admonishes us to do, our perfected love will drive out fear. It is attainable or God would not command it of us. We learn to love through Him, by nourishing ourselves daily with His Spirit and His Word, and by putting His commands into practice. Then we will walk in love, the Path of love, and we will learn how to love –to love with perfect love, His love. This will drive out fear.  Then all else that is of the dark realm, including blindness, foolishness, and hatred, will also be driven out.

Love is definitely a good thing. The most excellent way. (1 Cor. 12:31b) The only way. (John 14:6)

with love,

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