Week of May 2, 2021
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
(1 John 4:18, NRSV)
Busted. I have not reached perfection in love. I am dealing with a great deal of fear these days.
However, I hang my hat on that verse. I believe that verse. I KNOW it is true. I can glimpse it. I just can't seem to live there.
Moving past a childish faith (repeat after me), moving past a vending machine faith (if I do this, you will do that, God; awesome, thanks, bye), moving past utter doubt (this whole thing is nonsense), one comes to a much less grounded space. A space where the "I don't knows" are too abundant to ignore so you just have to carry them with you. A space where the heart has been broken too much to stay closed so that there is an openness and acceptance in your spirit. A space where you stop trying to skim off the disagreeable parts of yourself and just settle into the idea that God actually does love all of you, and therefore God loves all of everybody. A space that is spacious and has room for us all, no judgment, just love and grace and compassion.
There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out all fear – God's perfect love, for us and in us and through us.
God, we have fear. Fill us with your love, help us be your love, so that there is no room for fear, only room for love – for you. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church
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