1 John 4:18

1 John 4:18

August 18, 2021 – Wednesday

1 John 4:18      CJB

18 There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.

1 John 4:18      NIV

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18      NKJV

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Comment 

While all three versions above are somewhat different note how they all begin with There is no fear in love. Now that is a thought to consider in and of itself There is no fear in love. What John is saying here is that love and fear are mutually exclusive. The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) goes a bit further by stating love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear. Of course it goes further stating fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.

The maturity in love in the CJB may be comparable to perfect love in the NIV and the NKJV where perfect love drives out fear NIV or perfect love casts out fear NKJV. Then look at how closely both the NIV and the NKJV line up with each other as they conclude because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love NIV and because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love NKJV.

But now let’s look at one of our versions (NIV) in context to gain a greater understanding: 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us. Verse 19 brings us to a great conclusion, We love Him because He first loved us.

It would be easy to say we know what this is about, it is about loving God and especially His Son Jesus who died for our sins. However, John and the Holy Spirit will not let us off that easily because John goes on in the next two verses to say, 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 

Therefore, perfect love dictates there will be no hate. How are we to go about achieving this? It is truly beyond us until we begin to follow the following instruction from Jesus in Mark 11:25, And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. There are no ifs, no ands, no buts, no what ifs in this command from Jesus, it simply says if you have anything against anyone forgive him. That is how we begin and continue in love.

I’m not so good at this, but I keep working on it. We cannot take anger, grudges, ill will, or hate with us to heaven any more than we can take any of our possessions. So, I continue to keep working on this because I know this is what He wants and as a result fear has less and less room in my life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for such direction from Your Son with no ambiguity at all. Thank you for showing us how we might begin to perfect our love, first for You and then for those in our lives by forgiving them for anything they may have done to hurt or slight me or a loved one. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ

Riley D. Driver – Pastor

Calvary Chapel of Dayton

in Beavercreek