Love and Fear

Re: Verse reading–Proverbs 17:17; 1 John 4:7-21 (day five)
It’s been said that the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference or apathy.  This caused me to think about love and fear.  What is the relationship between the two?  Opposites?  Antagonists?  Competitors?  Seems the scripture describes their relationship as enemies.  The bible speaks of a great conflict between the two.  1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out (drives out) fear, “.  So, maybe they are mutually exclusive (cannot exist together).  God’s Love will lead to healthy trust.  Fear will demand we have control.  Love will cause the human heart to look upward with hope.  Fear causes us to look inward with despair. Love brings freedom and optimism.  Fear leads to captivity and cynicism.  The battle between these two is waged day to day, moment by moment.

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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  1. Thank you, Scott, for this beautiful picture! It has truly ministered to my heart and spoken truth into it to reveal the truth of this passage of scripture. Thank you for being an available instrument in the hands of the Master.

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