March 16, 2018.    Pastor Nkechi

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.
1 John 4:18

Fear is a limiting spirit. All it does is focus on what you cannot do. Fear paints a really large picture of what you cannot do. If you insist on doing what you want to do, then fear shows you all that could possibly go wrong. However, agape love, in which you were spiritually conceived and which you received, has no limitations. It is a perfect love. It is the perfect love that casts out fear. There is no fear in agape love.

Often there is fear in our love walk because we see all the risks involved. You take a risk when you walk or reach out in love, because you expose yourself to possible rejection or ridicule and so your fears begin to rage, “What if I reach out to this person and they throw my love back in my face? Is this person really worth it? When such thoughts arise, remember agape love is unconditional; it is the love that loves the unlovable. It loves the one who hurt you lately. It reaches out to the one competing with you. It applies itself to the one whom you know hates you. There are risks involved in loving these people. So you may weigh the risks, and say you won’t love them. When you do that, you are denying your identity. Love is who you are.

Think about Jesus on the cross. Jesus did not hang on the cross with a loincloth or even a pair of boxer shorts; He was stark naked. He wasn’t naked like a Mr. Universe with a neatly oiled, muscled body. No! He was bruised, battered, and torn with strips of flesh dangling. He was completely disfigured and defaced. The movie, The Passion of the Christ, depicts just a small fraction of what He really looked like. It was love that kept Him on the cross. Love for you and me, kept Him there.

Confession: Love has no limitations. God’s love is perfected in me and it casts out all fear.