Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Perfect love, which is agape in the New Testament, works a miracle in every human heart where it finds residence--it casts out anxiety and fear. This is stated in 1 John 4:17, 18: "Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."
That statement is like a stick of dynamite, yes, like a nuclear bomb. It blows all kinds of dust and cobwebs and confusion out of our minds. If you and I will let that special kind of love get into our hearts, the fear and anxiety that have shadowed us all our lives will be driven out.
Jesus is an example of no fear. Remember when His disciples were trying to keep their boat afloat in the Sea of Galilee the night the terrible storm swept waves over them and threatened to drown them all? They were actually terrified, for they cried out, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? (Mark 4:38).
Jesus was calm, unafraid. We read that "He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, 'Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?'" (vss. 39, 40). When you are facing death as you are about to be drowned, is it wrong to be "fearful"? Jesus told them, Yes. Why? Because He was on board with them; and it is a sin to be afraid when you have Jesus on board.
Do you have Jesus on board in your little ship--your life? He won't force Himself on board, but if you invite Him, He will join you. Even if you are sinful, and unworthy, He tells us He came to save sinners, not the righteous. Have confidence in Him. Learn the lesson. Let the fear go!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: 1994 Phone Message.
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