Fear: the opposite of Love

Susan Irene Fox needs neither introduction nor validation.

We were talking a while back and this post happened.
Susan needs neither introduction nor validation.
It’s just that when she writes –
Susan speaks words of our Lord and Father.
Susan forms His words with beauty, power and Love.

And the fragrance on this little blog
Has just gone from “bloke” –
To sophisticated elegance!

Thank you Susan!

NB: this is a “guest post” (just to avoid any confusion)

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Fear: the opposite of Love

How many times can we speak of God’s love and have it meet with closed fists? How many times do we come away with broken hearts for those who don’t allow his love inside, yet continue to write about his great love and grace, available to anyone and everyone?

How many times do we cry out to Jesus, “Lord, please let those who live from fear taste your honeyed grace. Let them desire to inhale your sweet bouquet of love and feel your soft-handed embrace of mercy. Let them hear the mellifluous notes of your voice speaking to them of love in ways only they can hear. Enter their hearts, Lord Jesus, and transform them.”

Jesus spoke of it first: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” And, “A new command I give to you to love one another; just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.” And, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

He reminded us all of the two most important commands – to love God first and love our neighbor second – which came from Old Testament law.

He said if we keep these two in our hearts and minds, these were the essence of all the laws, and we would surpass the righteousness of the religious leaders.

The apostle Paul spoke of it often: “Nor height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And, “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

As did the apostle John: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears as not been perfected in [Christ’s] love.”

Yet, we continue to speak and act out of fear: accusing, judging, telling our brothers and sisters in Christ what they should and shouldn’t do in the name of God.

Love is patient and kind.
😦 😦 Fear is impatient and antagonistic
Love is not jealous or boastful
😦 😦 Fear is jealous, dissatisfied and suspicious;
or arrogant
😦 😦 It is presumptuous, contemptuous and scornful
or rude.
😦 😦 Fear is not courteous or willing to learn or listen
It does not demand its own way.
😦 😦 Fear is domineering and judgmental, forgetting we all sin
It is not irritable,
😦 😦 Fear is argumentative
and it keeps no record of being wronged.
😦 😦 Fear is resentful and angry
It does not rejoice about injustice
😦 😦 Fear seeks vengeance rather than justice;
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
😦 😦 Fear is not open to forgiveness
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,
😦 😦 Fear does not seek to pray for enemies or offer the gospel to those they hate
and endures through every circumstance.
😦 😦 Fear lets circumstances overcome trust.

My friend Paul has said it over and over. Love is the answer.

No matter the question.

Susan Irene Fox: http://susanirenefox.com/

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As is usual with a guest post, Susan has access to Just Me Being Curious, and can answer any comments or questions directly.

Thank you again, dirt sister


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