Hot off the press: The pundits get it wrong once again! In the latest bout between “Perfect Love” and “Punishing Fear,” two of the most ferocious boxers in the history of the world, heavy-weight “Punishing Fear,” weighing in at 359 lbs., proved no match for the invincible “Perfect Love” once again. “Perfect Love’s” record remains… well, perfect! “PL” has never had to go more than one round against any opponent. A fan was overheard exclaiming, “I’ve known “Perfect Love” most of my life, and he’s never let me down yet.” “PL” has never been a true heavyweight, preferring the gentle, but firm style of fighting. But his punch is so powerful that no one—yes, not even “Punishing Fear”—seems to be able to faze him, no matter how big and intimidating they seem to the everyday bystander. Today’s bout proved no exception. Perfect Love by a KO in the 1st round!
The apostle Paul wrote these words of reassuring comfort to those who were still learning about the steady, unswerving, love of God:
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 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 4:16b-18)
Have you experienced God’s perfect love? God, whose defining characteristic is love, has invited us to participate in His love. That is the best invitation we could ever receive! When we enter into God’s love, as we accept, in faith, the gracious invitation to be a part of God’s family, fear cannot maintain his slimy grip on us!
The gift of God’s love is both a present boon to our lives and a future guarantee of the hope of eternal life with our loving God. When we live in God’s love, we confidently spread that love to everyone we meet, through the deeds we do and the words we say. We can bring others to the point at which they, too, want to “drive out fear” with the love of God. And when the time of reckoning comes, those who remain in God’s love will joyfully, expectantly enter into their eternal reward.
So let’s celebrate that KO by God’s Perfect Love, today and forever!