What 1 John tells us about fear

The book of 1 John is a book of affirmations — things we know to be true about God. And God loves the church and He loves His children.

1. Righteous actions are much louder than religious words. We can use religious words but the church won’t have any power without righteous action. If our actions don’t match our talk, then we are hypocrites. So don’t just tell people that you love them; show them. That way, we can have boldness (confidence) in the day of judgment as a result of what Christ has done for us.

2. Biblical loves produces boldness before God and awareness before men. Christ is a perfect father of a messed up family (us). Let us get out identity from the gospel of Christ and not from our work, possessions, etc. As believers, we are God’s representatives here on earth. He is all-powerful but still chooses to use us. Let us lives our lives so as to give the world a proper opinion of God. We are His hand and feet. There is no fear in love. We have all been tormented by fear.

3. If you’re living in fear, you’re stunting your spiritual growth. God uses our leaders to fulfill prophecy, so it is not our place to worry about who might be in office next. Fear will take something insignificant and make it bigger (to us) then even God. The eyes of God move to and fro throughout the world beholding the good and the evil. Most of us never grow past our fears and doubts. We aren’t developing; we’re just existing as a church. Loved ones will not get what they need from us unless we are putting our trust in God. If you say you love God but hate your brother, you are a liar.

4. The strongest bond on earth is the family of God. None of us belongs but God chose us anyway.

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