The Fear Factor (1 John 4:17-21)
The maturing of God’s Love in your life will serve to cast out fear!
I. The truth about your fears
→ Your are rooted in your relationship with God
→ Your fears make people seem BIG and God seem small
→ Your fears can impede, even paralyze your spiritual growth
II. The truth about God’s Love
→ God’s Love originates within/between the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
→ God’s Love is shared with you through Christ
→ God’s Love is your source of security
→ God’s Love motivates you to love and obey Him
→ God’s Love motivates you to love other people!
→ God’s Love empowers your witness before the world
→ God’s Love drives out your fears!
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1 John 4:17-21
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 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. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (ESV)