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
“Perfect love drives out fear,” I continue to read, “Because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, NIV). His promise is for His perfect love to always guard my mind and heart. He wants His love to continually perfect my life. 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 washes away the guilt of sin. Faith springs up because Jesus who forgives has the power to make all things new within my heart. He has the power to renew my mind.
Fear is the opposite of faith. This world lives in fear. If I am perfected in His love and made new within the spirit of my mind, I do not need to live in fear. I shall fight it, and refuse its control of my life. God has not given me a spirit of fear. He has given me power, and with His perfect love, a sound mind that banishes fear. His perfect love alive in me casts out all fear. And without fear I discover I am at rest in His perfect peace. My heart is at rest. My mind is sound because it is focused on Him.
“You will keep in perfect peace,” He promises, “those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV). My mind is steadfast. I will not fear. I will trust Him.
© 2017 Lynn Lacher