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The Greatest Enemy of Love

“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

Before we continue our discussion about service, I want to share with you the greatest enemy of love! Fear is the number one thing destroying love and service today in our country, in our schools, and everywhere else. There is no greater enemy of love than fear. It’s said in the Bible that perfect love casts out fear, but I believe it’s also true to say that perfect fear casts out love.

It’s common for married couples to find a nice equilibrium in their chores where one person does the trash, and the other person does the dishes. The mirrors are cleaned by one person and the bed is made by another. When your spouse’s chore needs to be done, you worry about doing it because you don’t want it to become your new responsibility. Even if you are not married you may have experienced this before! Seeing that the trash needs to be taken out, you may think you’ll take care of it once, but not every time. That’s what fear is! 

Friend, fear does not have to be a problem because there is always a way out. Make a decision and take action. Fear is a feeling that we experience when we overthink. Overcoming it is as simple as doing something. Make a new friend, take out the trash, or help a senior. It is time to take action. You have a choice every single day — to serve or not to serve, to take action or do nothing, to expand your life or shrink your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you take action and make a difference in someone’s life!

Prayer


Father, show me how to take action to overcome fear.

Reflection


When you overthink, do you experience fear? What can you do today to serve?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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One Response

  1. I think the answer to this kind of fear is it’s friend better known as lazy. But if we remember what Jesus said to love God with all our heart, and all our mind, and all our soul, and all our strength, and our neighbor as our self, then God can give us the will and the way to go ahead with whatever we need to get done, and just do it without wavering about and spending more time on reasons why we can’t do it, when in the mean time, it could have already been done? Thanks be to God when I need advice. Amen.

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