“Live In Love” ( 1 John 4:18, WYC ) by Carley Evans


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In perfect charity, neither fear nor reluctance exists. If we fear or are reluctant to love — or to accept love — then we are still concerned with pain and punishment. Dread means “to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of; to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience.”

Are you afraid to love? Are you reluctant to receive charity? Do you fear punishment? Are you wary of rejection? Are you reluctant to give of yourself? If you live in dread, then you are not perfected in love.

“Dread is not in charity, but perfect charity putteth out dread [but perfect charity sendeth out dread]; for dread hath pain. But he that dreadeth, is not perfect in charity.”

Jesus says, “Be not your heart afraid [Be not your heart distroubled], nor dread it; ye believe in God, and believe ye in me.” (John 14:1)

Don’t live in dread. Live in love. Jesus’ love is perfect.

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