No fear

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.
         As God is, so 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 reached perfection in love.

                  —1 John 4. 18

The God you fear does not exist.
The God who would send you to hell,
who would punish you for your past,
is a figment of fear.
God is love,
and there is no punishment in God.
On the cross Jesus has shown us
how God attends to our sin:
not by punishing us for it, but
by loving us in it, and suffering for it,
so that the infinite power of love
can cast out the fear that is our sin.

Do not be afraid,
nor cause another to be afraid.
Trust in God’s love.
Be at peace, and let God’s perfect love
be in you.
As God is, so may you be in this world.
This is how you are perfected in love:
not that your love is perfect,
but that God’s perfect love is in you.
Surrender to it, and be at peace.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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