1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
-Apostle John describes love from three dimensions in this verse, our social value for others, our moral test through the fear of the Lord and the doctrinal test of believing the truth about Jesus Christ. John also tells us that we must love one another because God is love and demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son as the propitiation for our sins (1 Jn 4:7-11). Love that comes from God alienates us from fear of loss, harm, death, the day of judgement and all forms of fear as He perfects us in love. We can be assured then that God abides in us and us in Him if we see His Spirit producing in us love for one another and confession of the truth about Jesus Christ. As we love one another Gods’ love is perfected in us and if we love then we demonstrate His perfect love which cannot be defiled or has the ability to defile another. Close relationships founded on love come with safety, peace and comfort as such relationships endure through commitment, perseverance, forgiveness and prayer. When we share love with others, it means that the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we belong to the family of Jesus; now and forever. Amen
God of love; we thank You for Your love and mercy upon our lives. We have seen Your hand in all things, we exult Your holy name. Fill us Holy Spirit with Your perfect love, that we may demonstrate the same love in all our relationships and interaction. Be at the centre of our lives Holy Spirit we welcome You and help us to encounter You in a special way; everyday. Our Father who at in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from all evil. For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
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