His Perfect Love Drives Out Our Fear (1 John 4:15-19)

His Perfect Love Drives Out Our Fear (1 John 4:15-19)

“Be not afraid. You need but to believe.”

So said our Lord, but how can we not fear?

The world still welters — wars without reprieve –

It breaks and burns – our death seems ever near.

How can we fearless be when swells the ocean

To crush our homes? Is this our punishment?

If we believe our Lord and His devotion,

God dwells in us, so we are confident.

There is no fear in love, which we averred

When claiming Jesus as God’s Son, the Way,

Who took our punishment; God’s steadfast Word

Laid down His life to drive out all dismay.

His love in us, we do as our Lord bade:

We trust His word; we will not be afraid.

 

 

NB: the first line is a reference to Luke 8:50. As a kid I would quote those few words and their citation like crazy: “Don’t be afraid, just believe. Luke eight fifty.”

 

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