Who is it that I seek to impress anyway? If I say it is the Lord then why do I fear? His Word is clear and repeats, “do not fear,” and then here in 1 John reminding me…there is no fear in love – he is love. If I am truly hidden in him, lost in him, awestruck by him there is no fear only an undying longing to know him, seek him, honor him, obey him, impress only him.
When my mind talk and doubt is louder than my heart talk and faith, I must have wandered onto my own path and out from under his protective covering.
When someone else’s opinion of me and harsh words derail me, I must have taken my identity away from him and placed it in the hands of my foes.
Rather than cower to fear I will use fear as a reminder to lean in closer to the One who drives fear away.