On Tuesday, our country will collectively join in celebrating our independence. This times affords us the opportunity to reflect on the price that was paid for us to do what we are doing today. There are times however, when it seems that this liberty is being threatened. When these challenges come, the tendency is to fear the future. But as we learned last week our Lord has made provision for us to not be paralyzed by our fears but to courageously rise above them to share the hope of the gospel. The apostle John said these words, “Perfect love casts out fear” (I John 4:18). The immediate context of these
words was God’s judgment. His point was that those who are secure in God’s perfect love have no reason to fear. Think of all the times we are tempted to fear: As mentioned, we fear the future but God’s love surrounds us and our future. We fear loving someone who has hurt us but God’s love gives us assurance of His blessing on our obedience. We fear finding our “place” in life but God’s love assures us we are created and called according to His purposes. The more we rest in the knowledge of God’s love, the less fear we will experience in any area of life. William Gurnall said, “The chains of love are stronger than the chains of fear.” If you are experiencing fear of any kind, ask God to show you how His love can take that fear away. “But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ ” (I Corinthians 15:27).