This verse (I John 4: 18 KJV) is the focus of my thoughts today. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. ”
Fear does something to us that is inappropriate and demeaning. The verse here says “fear hath torment”. That word torment transliterated is our word colossus. Fear takes things that are meant to be small and makes them big and takes things that are meant to be big and makes them small and of no consequence.
Jesus always tells us to “not fear”. Why? Jesus knows we are meant to live by the faith which works by love. This perfect love keeps things that are big, big. Namely, our colossus is God alone overshadowing us, our refuge and strength. Nothing else can be our colossus unless fear shoves its way forward to transplant our faith.
Today, keep this in your thoughts: I will love God with absolute fear. He will be the collosal and overriding presence in my life. Everything else and everyone else will elicit no fear from me at all.