“There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. 1 John 4:17
In today’s scripture, John explains the relationship between love and fear—the crippling kinds like fear of death and fear of judgment. Research reports that eighty-five percent of what we fear never happens! But fear is so powerful it can ignite negative emotions instantly. It causes us to create little speeches in or heads that transforms to worry, which creates stress.
A writer acquaintance, Lisa Earle McLeod, wrote in her book The Triangle of Truth–The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Large and Small, that fear locks down your brain to the truth. “How do you break the brain-lock? It’s quite simple,” she says. “Love.” She goes on to say love fuels courage. Courage allows us to stand up to fear.
I used to be fearful of flying. The moment the engines came to life my heart started racing. When in flight, if I heard an unfamiliar noise, to keep from panicking, I’d watch the face of the flight attendants for signs of fear. I’ve come to realize they are most likely trained not to wear fear on their face.
Now when I fly, before takeoff I whisper a quick prayer, “Dear God, I’m not afraid of flying or dying, but I’m not fond of pain. If this plane goes down, take me quickly to heaven.”
Dear Lord, help us recognize unjustified fear and replace it with loving thoughts. Amen.