“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 John 4:18

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TODAY’S WORD…

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There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear;

for fear has to do with punishment,

and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

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– 1 John 4:18

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REFLECTION…and PRAYER…

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This verse speaks about that kind of fear – servile fear – which is incompatible with love,

Servile fear is, seeing God only as one who punishes those who transgress His commandments.

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Servile fear means that I see God as a vengeful master

and myself as a slave fearing punishment.

No more, no less.

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Filial fear, on the other hand, is compatible with pure love.

It is what gives a true Christian that deep repulsion of sin.

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Filial fear, is a tender fear.

It occurs in the heart of those who acknowledge God as their loving and doting Father

and who see themselves as His children.

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Filial fear comes about when I do not want to hurt God;

when I do not want to do anything to cut myself off from His love

– from my Heavenly Father’s love.

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All-forgiving, generous Father, send Your Spirit upon me

to fill me with a greater awareness of Your love,

and a resolve not to hurt You.

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Lord, I love You

and I will never draw myself away from You and Your love.

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