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
The phrase “No Fear” was made popular in the late 1980’s by a lifestyle clothing company. However, Scripture had already claimed the rights to this 1900 years earlier. The apostle John wrote about “no fear” in his first epistle.
He explains that the perfect love of God is the complete and perfect antidote to fear. Fear of :
- the wrath of God ((Hebrews 10:31)
- eternal separation from God
- the insidious power and influence of Satan
To fear, to be frozen in horror at the prospect of death or judgement, means that the sacrifice of Christ has not been personally appropriated. It means one is living outside the complete covering of Jesus that removes all cause for the need to be fearful.
To be made perfect in love is the gracious, eternal life giving act of our Saviour, Jesus.