Originally posted by SUNSTONE
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, LOVE IS PERFECTED WITH US, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment;BECAUSE AS HE IS, SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment., and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. ] 1John4:15-19
We should be trying for perfection in and through Christ, if we don't or haven't abtained it then there is going to some kind of fear.
The bible says fear is the begining of wisdom.
If you press on to get your mind renewed through Christ, then the more you grow in Him, and the less you fear, because little by little you learn that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
This verse is so awesome and inspiring! Praise the Lord for what He has done for us ALREADY!!!!
Thanks Sunstone. As we can see all throughout the Bible there is refference to good fear and bad fear.
It is good if your in an airplane to have a fear of jumping from it while it is in the air. . .otherwise one might do something really stupid.
It is good to have fear (reverence and awe) of the Lord, because it brings about obedience. . .otherwise, we would not take His sacrifice seriously and we would live really stupid.
All of us must overcome fear that keeps us from doing what we are called to do. Such as when I first started singing in front of people, I had to overcome the fear. Otherwise I would not be where I am today. It did not mean that God was not with me.
Moving out in the gifts can be frightening. And there should be some fear, so as not to haphazzerdly step out, not caring if you do it correct or not. Not caring if the words coming out of your mouth is scriptural. We must be careful to not add more than what God is saying or doing.
Annias and Saphira had no fear of God. They seemed to have the same lazy attitude that many christians today have. Otherwise they would not have lied to Him
If one tries to cast out a demon in a haphazzerd way they are in for a very big surprise.
With proper leadership and incouragement we learn to hear and obey. And in stepping out, we learn and we overcome that fear.
Again, I will mention the 3 servants who were given talents. The only one that was judged as wicked, was the one who did nothing because He was afraid.