Love Brings Security
1 John 4 has at least 25 references to God the Father's love for us. It has the largest number of references to agape love in the Bible. The chapter explains what are the results of experiencing the Father's love. Anyone who has experienced true love knows that with love comes a sense of security. The reason for the sense of security is that the beloved senses that he or she brings delight to the lover. The beloved is immensely valued by the lover and that gives confidence in the relationship.
In the same way as we grow in the love of the Father, verse 17 says that, "By this, love is matured or perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love or a mature love casts out fear." The word perfect and the word perfected refer to a mature love—a love that is complete. Every Christian experiences fear, but growing Christians face their fear and choose to trust by faith in God's affection. As they sense the Father's love for them, such love casts out fear. As the Christian repeats that process over and over again, fear lessens and a deep abiding sense of being loved grows. A disciple needs to have a growing sense of the Father's affection, and as that grows, so will the believer's sense of security and confidence.
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