“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” 1 John 4:18
If we cocoon ourselves and build up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, we haven’t really understood God’s love. Read A.W. Tozer’s powerful affirmations about love and fear
“Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear.’ Fear is a painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. As long as we must trust for survival to our ability to out-look or out manoeuvre the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. Fear is torment. . . . To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved — this and only this can cast out fear.”
Lord Jesus, You know how often we become afraid. Cause us to lean on Your arm, beloved Father, and believe with our whole hearts that You are love. Amen.