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You can conquer your fear.

MAY. 22, 2024

You can conquer your fear.

"Perfect love drives out fear." 1Jn 4:18 NIV

According to psychiatric reference, approximately two thousand classified fears exist. What's interesting is that psychiatrists say we are born with only two innate ones: 

  • the fear of falling and 

  • the fear of loud noises. 

That means we learn every other fear. And more importantly, that means we can unlearn every other fear. The majority of us are shaped, for better or worse, by a handful of experiences.

These defining experiences can plant 

  • a seed of confidence or 

  • a seed of uncertainty, 

  • a seed of hope or 

  • a seed of vulnerability, 

  • a seed of faith or 

  • a seed of fear. 

John expresses the end goal of our relationship with God: "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear" (v. 18 NIV). The words "perfect love" do not describe our love for God, but rather God's unconditional, unearned, unfailing love for us.

A pastor writes: "The goal of love is fearlessness! As we grow in a love relationship with God, we unlearn the fears that paralyze us and neutralize us spiritually.

That is the essence of faith. Faith is the process of unlearning your irrational fears. The only God-ordained fear is the fear of God. And if we fear [love, honor, reverence, and respect] God, we don't have to fear anyone or anything else. Unlearning our fears is really a process of learning to trust God more and more." One of the greatest promises God has given to us in Scripture is this: "He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you' So we may boldly say: 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man to do me?'" (Heb 13:5-6 NKJV).

You can conquer your fear

"Perfect love drives out fear."

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