Love is the Antidote to Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD).
FUD can paralyze anyone. We’ve been thrust into a new world in just the past few days. It’s easy to dig in our heels and insist on the time to plan a response. What will we do if…? What will happen to…? How long will this last? Will we ever recover our lost revenues?
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 4:18-19 NIV
Love Dispels Fear
The Greek language has 4 words for love. This word translated “love” in this passage means an active, giving, unconditional love. The antidote to fear is love, but not other’s love for us. Rather this is a call for us to love rather than react to the fear. Love counters fear. When we give of ourselves unconditionally, we dispel or cast fear out. Check out Gratitude Gives.
Fear must run from love like darkness runs from light.
A gracious, giving, selfless love dispels fear. Our world needs to see the love we first saw in Jesus. His love took on flesh and suffered and died in our place. He initiated the relationship with us and paid the bill in full. He is the beginning and end of our restoration. We’ve been restored to a relationship with him and we will have that relationship forever.
Why wouldn’t we love others. As Christ-followers, we have nothing to lose.
Let’s live like we have an unlimited supply of the answer – Love. We have all the love we generate. God’s love never ends. But we can’t tell the world, we must show them. We must love others the way Jesus loved us.
Pray for Ideas
Ask God to show you ways to counter the idea of social distance. Pray for people. Bring them before God’s throne. I’ve been praying for people I met in social media for years. Now, let’s pray for the people we work with even when we’re all working from home. Ask God to show you how to share his love and then, take any action necessary. Remember, the wild ideas you get while praying maybe God calling you to a new place.
Try to give away the love of God. I don’t think we’ll run out. And our world could use it.
Note: I sent this post out in our newsletter today missing a key sentence. My apologies to our readers.