1 John 4:18

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

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Someone once told me ‘if you have fear in you, you do not have His love thriving in you.’ I didn’t like that too much but their words stayed in my heart no matter how hard I tried to ignore them. So I started praying and asked the Holy Spirit to show me areas in my life I was holding onto. Provision came up.I was amazed. I loved Jesus, and I knew He loved me and I always thanked Him for provision. what I did not know is that I had not fully submitted my dependency to Christ, part of me was afraid of not being able to provide for my family. In other words, I didn’t trust Jesus fully to cover me no matter what came my way. I was punishing myself by allowing that fear to lodge in my heart, fear drove me to save and spend wisely when it’s His love that should have been my motivation.

How would you apply this verse to your life? Does Jesus’ perfect love abide in you?

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