My grandson is flying high but his Nana has her heart in her throat even watching this scene! There is absolute confidence here and no shred of fear. My son-in-law is not about to let my little guy drop. His arms are strong and he is ready to catch him no matter what. My grandson has absolute confidence and trust, not only in his Daddy’s strength but also in his love. I can just hear him calling out to go higher!
Today’s verse talks about a perfect love. It is described as a love that drives out fear. The one who struggles with fear of punishment does not have that complete and perfect love. Because God showed His love by sending His Son to die in our place (verse 9-10) we can know and rely on the love God has for us (verse 16). The punishment for sin has already taken place for those who place their faith in Christ. Now, a loving relationship of absolute confidence is possible!
How awful it would be to try to love and serve the Lord out of fear of punishment! That is not love at all but obligation and coercion. But because He took the initiative and paid for my sin, I can enjoy a complete, undivided and sincere love for Him. I am not weighed down with guilt and shame. There is no doubt that He loves me and will catch me no matter what! He has paid the price for my sin and guilt forever! I am free to love Him completely with all of my being!
Thank you Lord, for love without fear.