There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
                                                   1 John 4:18 NIV

My cousin Bill was telling me about his idea on “Inverted Faith Principles”. His theory is that where a statement in the Bible is true, than the inverse of it is also true. Let me give you an example with the verse above. If perfect love drives out fear, then an absence of perfect love produces fear. I saw this very truth played out before my eyes yesterday.

OK, I’m going to admit something. I’ve become addicted to something I never thought would get a hold of me. A compulsion I’m embarrassed to say has gripped me.   I’ve given into the Downton Abbey craze! Please don’t tell my drag racing friends, I’m sure they won’t look at me the same again! In one of the episodes I watched yesterday (yes I watched more than one; I’m an addict), one of the sisters was jilted at the altar! In the absence of perfect love, she fell into complete fear. Her words became negative as she pronounced doom over her future. After all I’ve gone through in life I understand what fear of being unloved is like, and the depths of despair when your fears are realized.

This truth played out in your relationship with God is even more disastrous. When you don’t know that our heavenly father has perfect love towards you, there is fear for your future. You can’t trust a father like that, but 1 John 4:8 ensures you that “God is love”. There is no more perfect of a love than the love of your heavenly father who desires to drive out all your fears with His perfect love!


Father…I thank You for your perfect love. Living in this fallen world, with broken people it’s hard for me to understand and accept this love. I need your help Holy Spirit! Please teach my heart the truth of your love so I can trust you in all things and allow your perfect love to drive out every fear. In Jesus Name…Amen

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Sherry Stahl