1 JOHN 4:12
No man has at any time (yet) seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion — to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected — in us! Amp.
Completion – d) finishing
Maturity – d) a being full grown or ripe, a being fully developed, complete or ready.
Perfect – d) complete in all respects, flawless, in a condition of excellence, as in skill or quality, completely accurate.
Love – c) “agape” – love, an affection or benevolence, charity.
Charity – d) the love of God for man or of man for his fellow men. An act of good will, benevolence.
The scripture is saying we must love one another if we want the love of God in our heart and in our life. We can not let any bitterness or unforgiveness stay in our hearts. If we allow unforgiveness to stay for any length of time, a root of bitterness will form. Roots of bitterness can cause problems for entire families. God can put you on the shelf until you forgive.
Bitterness is poison that will contaminate all the fruit that you have worked for. We must recognize the true enemy is the devil and all of his creepy little demons that love to wreak havoc with God’s people. How can we love one another if there is a root of bitterness?
If God can cause all things to work for our good, He can cause all of the painful injustices that were done to you to make a difference that will result in beauty for ashes. How can we experience the wonder of that love without some deeply needed healing.
He loves to bind up the brokenhearted. When He returns He will bring His recompense. He will repay those who have done good with a reward. He will repay those who have done bad with judgment. If we want a reward, we must forgive. If we want to be forgiven, we must forgive. If we make the first step and choose to forgive, He will help us the rest of the way.
l John 4:18 There is no fear in love — dread does not exist; but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and so he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love — is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection. Amp.
This is the test of love. We can know we still need deliverance if we have fear. When God dwells with us, Satan cannot come through the door. The Lord will bring the trials in your life and you will know you are perfectly safe no matter what difficulties you may be facing. Psalm 91 belongs to you. So there is no room for fear because His wonderful love and presence lives here now.
SUBJECT — FEAR — CH SPURGEON
Close communion with God makes us immune to night fright and gives us courage in darkness. Freedom from fear is a great blessing because fear brings far more pain than real injuries. The shadow of the Almighty removes all gloom from the shadow of the night.