Love Conquers Fear
“By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:17-19)
The love of God teaches us that we are not to be afraid of Him. Fear involves punishment, but we have confidence for the day of judgment because we are as He is—that is, He has given to us His righteousness. God loves us, so we don’t need to be afraid; He will not give us the punishment due our sin. Rest in the knowledge that His wrath is appeased at the cross of Jesus Christ.