Friday, October 19, 2012

Fear and Love




There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 4:18



At my moms group today we had an opportunity to have an extended quiet time. I chose to look at the passage ( 1 John 4) we have been studying in Sunday school. I learned so much. And, although I have so many thoughts and thoughts behind thoughts, this is what I wrote just before my time ended.



I fear loving others because people will be disappointed by my imperfection.

But can the love I show still be worth the disappointment?

Can my imperfection teach them about love as well?

My imperfections are not a reflection of my intentions.

They are not the true measure of my love.

Only God's love is perfect. Yet it is so perfect that it often does not live up to our imperfect expectations.

We fear the perfection of God's love.
I fear the imperfection of my ability to love.

May God teach me:
"There is no fear in love."

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