Why Love is Greater

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…there are lots of ways to overcome fear. Unfortunately, all but one of them are destructive both to you and to the people around you. However, there is one way to overcome fear that leaves you and the people around you better off and not worse: Love

With that said, the premise of LOVE>FEAR is not that we should have more love and less fear.
Our love isn’t the answer. It isn’t good enough.

I John 4:18There 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.

Perfect love casts out fear. I love my family, my friends, my church. I love them deeply and fervently. With that said, it’s not a perfect love. Not on my best day.

The perfect love that casts out our fears is not something we earn or achieve. It’s given to us. And it’s not about our power to harness and share that love, it’s about our willingness to accept it. To the extent that I can embrace the love that God has for me, I can be free from fear.

It’s not our hope that you’ll have a love that’s greater than fear. It’s our hope that you’ll recognize that you are the object, the recipient, of a perfect love that casts out fear: God’s love. Therein lies the power of LOVE>FEAR!

There’s more at stake than that little guy summoning the courage needed to jump. He could take the leap, but still be controlled by fear. The goal is for him to know that he’s so loved and so valued that he’ll be accepted no matter what, and that if he does jump there will be someone to catch him. It’s the same for all of us.

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