25th March 2020

Perfect Fear Casts Out Love

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him…There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.”
1 John 4:16, 18 (NKJV)

We live in challenging times with the coronavirus causing suffering as illness hits thousands around the globe; financial disaster as businesses struggle or close; lonliness and isolation with social distancing and self-isolation or quarantine; panic buying and hoarding of food; and fear in general for safety and well-being.

For many, perfect fear casts out love. Fear can be a tool of Satan which brings out selfishness and takes away God’s peace and joy. Fear can lead to anxiety and depression. How shocking to see people coming to blows fighting over toilet rolls in the supermarket!

On the other hand, perfect love casts out fear, as in our header scripture. In times of crisis, people turn to God. Christian love is galvanized to render aid, help those in need and bring the love and gospel of Jesus to those who need hope.

As we face these trying and challenging times, Christ in us should respond not with fear which casts out love, but with that love of God which casts out fear and brings joy and the peace of God which passes understanding

Prayer
May the love of God in us shine out to a fearful world. Help us, Father in heaven, to find ways to reach out to those who are vulnerable and in need. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox
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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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