“If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” (from I John 4)
It’s one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture, but so easy to forget. Love and fear cannot coexist. Love is stronger than fear. Love overcomes fear.
I’ve been reading Rohr’s Everything Belongs lately, and somehow it always has the right words that I need for that particular day. So a few weeks ago, on a day when the voice of fear was particularly loud in my own heart, I picked it up and read:
“The thinking of the ego is largely based on fear. Fear of what I might not be. Fear of what I might see. Fear I won’t be successful or accepted, or that I will be hurt.
We’ll never see the love we really our, our foundation, if we keep living out of our false self of self-protection and overreaction.
Our fear is in the service of all the ways we have learned to protect our false self. But love is who we really are.”
I thought about how often love and fear fight against each other for control of my own fragile heart. Somewhere inside I know that love trumps fear, but I forget so easily. So that day I sat down at my kitchen table with a scrap of cardboard and a fat Sharpie marker and scribbled it out bold so I wouldn’t forget.
I figured I wasn’t the only one who needed a reminder, so I put it on a t-shirt to remind you too. They are only available this week, so order yours here:
I also put together some sweet digital wallpaper too – for your laptop or mobile phone. Click to download:
published September 22, 2014
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