Even though personal communication via phone, Facebook, and Twitter is the rule rather than the exception, there are many lonely hearts. The loneliness may be the result of a drastic separation because of war. But people who live in the same house together can also be lonely. In either case, the pain of heart is real. And this loneliness can lead to uncertainty and fear.
What is the answer to this loneliness and fear? Listen: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Yes, love is the answer. When I say this, I don’t mean a warm fuzzy feeling. One of the Peanuts characters describes it this way: Love is a warm puppy. But those feelings don’t last. And when they fade, a high level of commitment must be present. It is this high level of commitment which casts out fear.
Only God exemplifies this kind of loving commitment. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This is commitment! The reason Christ died was to cast out the ultimate fear, the fear of judgment. When we experience the love of God through faith in Jesus Christ, this fear is cast out. “By this, love is perfected with us, that we have confidence in the day of judgment . . . There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment” (1 John 4:17-18). And so the ultimate answer to loneliness and fear is the love of God. And the love of God may be experienced in a lonely home or on the battlefield.
Are you experiencing some loneliness and fear? Phones and Facebook and Twitter may be helpful. But the love of God is far better.
Today’s podcast is also called, “Love Casts out Fear.”