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Perfect Love Drives out Fear

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

Love is often depicted as something flawless, an ideal that we all strive to attain. Yet, the true essence of perfect love lies not in our pursuit of perfection, but in our ability to love those who are far from perfect themselves.


We all have flaws and imperfections that make us human, but these should not hinder us from loving others. The perfect love is one that embraces the imperfections of those around us, seeing beyond their inadequacies and accepting them for who they are. It's about extending grace, compassion, and understanding those with flaws and imperfections.

Perfect Love Drives out Fear
Perfect Love Drives out Fear

The perfect love is to love non-perfect people.


In our journey to understand and live out this perfect love, we can turn to the ultimate source of love—God. His love for us is unwavering and unconditional, transcending our imperfections. He loves us not in spite of our flaws but because of them. As we are told in bible, But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.(Roman 5:8)


God's love is pure and has no boundaries. He loves us despite our many flaws and shortcomings. As believers, we are called to extend this same love to those around us. We should not only love those who are easy to love, but also those who are difficult to love. This means showing compassion and kindness to those who have hurt us, and extending grace to those who don't deserve it.


Sarah had a son named Mark who struggled with addiction for years. It tore their family apart, and there were countless times when Mark's actions hurt her deeply. But Sarah never gave up on her son. She showed him love and support even when he didn't deserve it. She knew that true love meant embracing Mark's imperfections and helping him find his way back to a better life.


Mark eventually found the strength to overcome his addiction and he credited his mother's unwavering love as the driving force behind his recovery. Sarah's love, imperfectly perfect, had been the catalyst for his transformation.


John had been betrayed by his closest friend, David, in the worst way possible. David had stolen from him, lied to him, and hurt him deeply. Initially, John's anger and resentment consumed him. But then, he remembered the perfect love of God. John decided to forgive David, not because David deserved it, but because he knew that true love means letting go of grudges and seeking reconciliation.


When John forgave David, it was a turning point in both their lives. David was deeply remorseful for his actions and realized the value of true friendship. John's act of love and forgiveness changed David's life and restored their friendship, stronger than ever before.


These stories illustrate the essence of the perfect love we should strive for. It's not about ignoring flaws or pretending they don't exist; rather, it's about acknowledging imperfections and choosing to love anyway.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 reminds us that perfect love is patient, kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always persevere.


This love extends beyond the easy and lovable moments; it thrives in the face of challenges and imperfections.


As we navigate our own lives, let's make a conscious effort to practice this perfect love. Let's love those who may seem unlovable, forgive those who have wronged us, and support those who are struggling. It's not about being perfect ourselves but about reflecting the perfect love that God has for us onto others.


In doing so, we become agents of change in a world that often lacks compassion and understanding. Our imperfect love has the power to heal wounds, mend broken relationships, and inspire transformation. So, let us strive to love wholeheartedly and unconditionally, just as God loves us, and may our love be a beacon of hope, peace, and joy for all to see. Embracing imperfections, we can truly practice the perfect love.


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