Love Drives Away Fear
Passage: 1 John 4:13–4:18
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph. 2:8-9).”
I. Fear keeps us from appropriating love or bringing love in.
Play Beauty and the Beast at 33:15
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” CS Lewis
“If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other (Gal. 5:15).”
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God (James 4:1-2).”
II. Love has to be imported.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal (I Cor. 13:1).”
“God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (16b).”
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love (Gal. 5:6).”
“So, we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us (16)."
1. We are all sent out ones.
2. God’s Spirit brings us back.
“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (13-14).”
“…‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven (Mt. 16:15-17).’”
3) God’s Spirit brings us back by gifting us faith.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rm. 5:8).”
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world (14).”
4) What brings us home, keeps us home.
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God (15).”
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“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph. 2:1-8).”
III. Love frees us from fear, and frees us to love!
“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for 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. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love (17-18).”