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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Perfect Love, Perfect Peace, Sound Mind

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV).
 
I will not fear. I will not allow it in my heart. It is evil, and destroys all hope. Fear can’t live where His love and faith abound. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, NIV).

Guilt produces fear. Sin produces fear. Fear is the blight of this imperfect world. There is fear of illness, of poverty, of loneliness, and of devastation. Fear runs rampant. But His perfect love drives out fear. His perfect love forgives and drives out the blame of sin. Faith springs up because the one who has forgiven has the power to make all things new within my heart.

This world lives in fear. I am perfected in His love, and I do not need to live in fear. I shall fight it, and refuse to allow it into my heart. God has not given me a spirit of fear. He has given me power, and with His perfect love, a sound mind that can banish fear. His perfect love alive in me casts out all fear. And without fear I find His perfect peace. My mind is at rest, and my mind is sound because it is focused on Him. 

“You will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV).

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