Perfect love casts out fear.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

We can do something as motivated by fear for the short-term. Or we can do it as motivated by joy for the long-term.

Joy is fruit of the Spirit of God. Fear is not.

As the church, we have a lightweight burden to convict others of God’s love and joy, not of our worries and fears. Conviction of the gospel comes by the sharing of God’s love and immeasurable joy.

This love was manifested at the death of Christ by himself.

“The reason the Father loves Me is that I lay down My life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

The joy was manifested at his resurrection by God.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91-14-16)

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