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nothing is to be feared

We cannot control the actions of others. That is a given. But, we can control our response.

One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is in the First Letter of John where the writer talks about the need for loving each other more. In one verse he writes, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear..”

We need to love more, and we need to fear less. As Madam Curie so elegantly states, nothing in life is to be feared. Nothing. So that includes those that don’t look as we do,  those who speak a different language, those that worship differently than we do, those whose sexual orientation is not like ours, and even those who might hate us,

Fear is a powerful demonstration that the depth of our discipleship is too shallow. Our lack of love for those we do not understand is a clear signal that we do not love God enough to understand. We have nothing to fear.

Valentine’s Day fast approaches

As we approach Valentine’s Day I would like to recommend the First Letter of John in the New Testament as a good resource. The writer provides some powerful insights into the true nature of love.

John talks about what love looks like and how it acts. He talks about true love, and what love is and isn’t. He talks about loving God and loving one another, and how there cannot be one without the other.

John gives us clear instructions on loving one another and why. He even tells us how to love, which the great bard, himself, picked up on and used in The Two Gentlemen of Verona when he penned “They do not love that do not show their love.”

I am pretty sure that is Shakespeare’s paraphrase of I John 3:18, where John tells us, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”

I only wish that Shakespeare would have included the 17th verse as well, which is what verse 18 refers to. The two verses need to be read together.

But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth.

Valentine’s Day fast approaches, and the writer of First John is a good resource to help us celebrate the day appropriately, even if he doesn’t mention candy, roses or sentimental greeting cards.