1 John 4:18 - Love and Fear Do Not Mix!

1 John 4:18 (ESV) There is no fear in love, 
but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to 
do with punishment, and whoever fears has not 
been perfected in love. 

1 John 4:18 (NCV) Where Gods love is, 
there is no fear, because Gods perfect love 
drives out fear. It is punishment that makes a 
person fear, so love is not made perfect in the 
person who fears.  

1 John 4:18 (CWR) Fear and love just dont 
go together.  Love dispels fear because fear 
focuses on punishment and wont let love mature.  
The one who is afraid of God does not understand 
Gods love. 

1 John 4:18 (MSG) There is no room in love 
for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since 
fear is crippling, a fearful life - fear of 
death, fear of judgment - is one not yet fully 
formed in love.  


This is an important statement; for there 
are many who desire to love and serve God, and 
yet when afflictions comes upon them, they do 
not discern the love of God in it, but the hand 
of the enemy. They mourn and murmur and 
complain; but this is not the fruit of love to God in 
the soul. If we have perfect love, we shall know 
that God is not seeking to injure us, but that in 
the midst of trials, and griefs, and pains, He 
is seeking to make us perfect, and to test the 
quality of our faith. When we cease to worry about 
the future, and begin to believe that God loves 
us, and means to do us good, we shall trust Him 
as a child trusts a loving parent. Then our 
troubles and torments will disappear, and our will 
will be swallowed up in the will of God.  SD193 


   A lot of people think the opposite of 
fear is faith. Its not! The opposite of fear 
is love. 
   Love moves against fear. When love comes 
in the front door of your heart, fear goes out 
the back door. You can't be afraid and loving at 
the same time - not with real love. When you 
have real love - Gods love - then you don't 
have to fear. 
   People dont run into a burning 
building to rescue children because of faith. They do 
it because of love. Parents will put their 
lives at risk to protect their families because 
they love their babies. 
   If love is the motivation of everything 
you do, then fear is going to disappear. 
   Wherever God's love is, there is no 
fear, because Gods perfect love drives out 
fear (1 John 4:18 NCV). 
   When you start feeling fear rise up in 
you - maybe something you have to do is making 
you nervous - you need to pause at that moment. 
Then focus on how much God loves you. You may 
need to remind yourself out loud: God, you 
really love me! You're on my side. You want me to 
succeed in this. I'm going to do it in your strength 
and with your love. 
   God doesn't want you to fail. He wants 
you to succeed at what you're doing in life and 
fulfill your purpose. When you focus on his love, 
you wont be afraid. Perfect love casts out 
all fear! 
   When I speak in front of thousands of 
people every weekend, I'm not afraid. Why? Because 
I do two things: I focus on Gods love for 
me, and then I focus on my love for my church 
family. They are not an audience to be feared. They 
are a family to be loved. My love for them and 
for Jesus overcomes any fear I might have when I 
   When you're fearful, you're focusing 
totally on yourself. That's not love! When you're 
loving, you're focused not on yourself but on what 
other people need. 
   The more loving you are, the less fearful 
you are. So, if you make love your motivation 
for what you do, you're not going to be afraid 
to do it. 
   Make love your motivation, and move 
against your fear. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   When people experience conflict in 
relationships, its often a sign that somebodys trying 
to control somebody else. Whats beneath that 
control? Its fear. Insecurity causes us to try to 
control others or resist the control of others. When 
youre so insecure that all you think about is what 
others think of you, it destroys your relationships 
and disables your life. 
   Its an amazing dilemma we have as 
human beings: We long to be close, but we also 
fear being close. We long to have intimacy with 
others, but were also scared to death of it. 
   Insecurity prevents intimacy and destroys 
your relationships. You cant get close to 
somebody if theres fear in the relationship. If 
insecurity destroys relationships, then what builds 
them? Love! Love builds relationships. 
   The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, Love 
has no fear, because perfect love expels all 
fear. If we are afraid, it  shows that we have 
not fully experienced his perfect love (NLT). 
How does that work? How does love expel all 
   Love takes the focus off of you and puts 
the focus on others. People ask me a lot of 
times, Do you ever get nervous when youre 
talking to a lot of people at Saddleback? The 
answer is, Of course! But you know what makes 
the difference? I get the focus off of me and 
focus on the people in front of me instead. If I 
stood there thinking about what they thought of my 
hairstyle, I would have something to be afraid of, 
right? But the minute I start thinking about how 
much I love my church family and how we serve God 
together, all of a sudden, the fear is gone. 
   Its the same in any relationship. 
Focusing on the other person gives you the power to 
throw fear out of your life. 
   So how do you find that power to focus on 
other people? You realize how much God loves you. 
The moment you begin to understand how much God 
loves you, you dont have to prove yourself any 
more. You dont have to spend your life trying 
to impress other people, because you already 
know that God loves you. 
   Do you know how freeing and enjoyable it 
is to live life that way? Your identity and 
self-worth are not caught up in what others might think 
of you. When youre secure in your 
relationship with Christ, youre no longer pressured by 
everybody elses expectations. Gods love frees 
you to love others fearlessly. [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 


Two Ways to Tackle Fear
   Everyone has fears. Your problem isnt 
that youre afraid. Its what you do with the 
fear that really matters. 
   Jesus tells us in John 8:32, You will 
know the truth, and the truth will set you 
free (NIV). 
   I could share at least a dozen biblical 
ways to get over fear, but here are two ideas you 
can start with right now. 
   (1) Practice the presence of Jesus. Learn 
the habit of reminding yourself every single 
moment of the day, God is with me. Practice 
talking to him all the time - when youre walking 
down the street, getting in your car, or even 
taking a bath. When you do that, you will realize 
hes always with you. You dont have to 
spend some time with God. All your time can be 
God time. When you become aware of Gods 
presence in your life, fear will go away. 
   When God is near, you lose your fear. 
Why? Because God is love, and the Bible says: 
There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts 
out all fear (1 John 4:18 NIV). The more you 
feel loved by God, the less youll fear. 
   (2) Move against the fear. You cant go 
around, over, or under fear. You must go straight 
through it. You need to do what you fear the most. 
Thats called faith. You need to open the door of 
the closet and see for yourself that the 
bogeyman isnt as big as you thought he was. 
   Fear is always worse than reality. The 
fear of failure is worse than failure. Failure is 
no big deal. You just get up and start over. 
The fear of rejection is worse than rejection. 
The fear of embarrassment is worse than 
embarrassment. Why? Because the fear goes on for hours and 
days and years. Fear is False Evidence 
Appearing Real. Fear is a fake. 
   These solutions wont just help you 
deal with fear. You can use them to help others, 
too. You likely know lots of people dealing with 
fear in some area of their lives. Pass these 
principles on to them. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


   I've noticed that many of the things I'm 
initially afraid of aren't as scary up close. For 
example, the first time I went snorkeling I was 
terrified. My husband, Stone, and I were in Egypt in 
this tiny village on the Red Sea. I wanted to 
snorkel there because it had a reputation of being 
one of the best places for snorkeling in the 
world. But what if a shark ate me? Or I got stung 
by some deadly coral? What if I drowned? What 
if I got lost and no one ever found me and my 
parents never knew what happened? 
   "Honey. You need to do this. We can hold 
hands. Seriously, I promise you will love it." This 
from a husband who grew up in Hawaii and had no 
fear of snorkeling. "Fish are our friends," he 
   So I tried it. And it was one of the best 
experiences of my life. I was transported into a new 
world. It was amazing. 
   I've had similar experiences in other 
places, and with people I first thought were scary. 
My piano teacher's dog was as big as a horse, 
but all he wanted was to be loved. The meanest 
professor in law school turned out to be a big teddy 
bear when I got to know him. It's a recurring 
   We see this dynamic with Jesus as He 
walks through life. He reaches out to people who 
others - and especially religious people - fear. 
The woman at the well. Lepers. Foreigners. Tax 
collectors. Prostitutes. Even the thief on the Cross. 
When He brings them into proximity, the fear 
fades. Perhaps we should follow His example. by 
Gwen Ford Faulkenberry 
   Faith Step: Is there a person or group 
you most fear? Find a way to connect with them. 
Give love a chance to work its magic. [Mornings 
With Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 

   I have been struggling with learning how 
to walk on crutches. It has been scary since I 
have problems with balance. I have a distinct 
lack of upper-arm strength. I find myself caught 
up in this ocean of uncertainty, casting about 
for a safe place to land, both literally and 
figuratively. I am scared of falling, of losing control 
and not being able to navigate life in the way I 
am used to. 
   The other morning I broke down in front 
of our boys. I was trying to clean up the 
house, on crutches, before my mother-in-law 
arrived. My middle son, Will, asked me, "Mom, why are 
you so mad?" In a very loud, high-pitched voice, 
I said, "I am mad because there are so many 
things that I can't do that I want to do!" Then I 
began to cry. And Will said, "But Mom, can't we 
help you?" There it was. Love. This is what Jesus 
is trying to show me. I have been trying to 
figure out how I can possibly "do" life. And He is 
saying, "How about being loved? Loved by Me. Loved 
by your family. Loved by your friends." Love. 
Love. Love. 
   In the middle of being afraid, He offers 
His Love. Perfect love casts out fear. Love is 
our safe place to land when life is crazy. 
Recognizing that we need help. Understanding that we 
can't control outcomes. Resting in the truth that 
Jesus has us exactly where He wants us. And 
breathing in the truth that my friend, Laurie, speaks 
out, "God is good and I am loved." by Susanne 
Foth Aughtmon 
   Faith Step: Trusting Jesus can be 
difficult when life seems out of control. What is an 
area of your life where you remind yourself that 
"God is good and you are loved"? [Mornings With 
Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 


1 John 4:18 - Love and Fear Dont Mix!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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