Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not act unbecomingly. It is not rude or unmannerly. It is not touchy, fretful or resentful. It takes no account of a suffered wrong. Love bears up under anything and everything. Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person. Love never fails. (taken from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Amplified)
So when I am impatient and unkind, when I am rude or unmannerly, when I notice a suffered wrong, when I fail, I have to ask myself, “why”. And time and time again I find at the root of it all fear. Why would a friend mistreat a friend? Why would a husband and wife mistreat one another? Why would a parent mistreat a child? Time and time again we find fear at the root of it all.
Not sure if this is still true, but I once heard that a major factor in the breakup of many marriages stems from fighting over finances. The Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. What does that love of money bring with it? Fear. Fear of loss. Fear of lack. And next thing you know two people who truly love each other are mistreating one another.
The Bible cautions against many things. The Bible gives us instructions on many things. As many try to walk on this narrow road, they often begin to fear slipping from this road. And the next thing you know people are mistreating one another.
There was so much fear over the things that Jesus was doing, that it led the people who most “knew” the Word of God to kill His Son. He was healing on the Sabbath. They believed this was unlawful. They feared a loss of all they believed in. They feared the loss of their nation as they knew it and they determined that it was better for them “that one man should die on behalf of the people than the whole nation should perish” (John 11:50, Amplified). How right they were, yet how wrong they were about why He should die. God’s motivation was love. Their motivation was fear. Out of love God gave a life. Out of fear they took a life.
Whether we are dealing with people one on one in our daily lives or concerned about the state of our nation remember to stay in faith and in love. They produce life and peace in every situation. When we get into fear, regardless of the motivation, we are treading on very dangerous ground.
We are either about to hurt someone, make some wrong decisions, or speak words in agreement with that which we fear. And as we do, we create the very atmosphere needed for that which we fear to come to pass.
What’s the antidote? Love. Everytime. Know how much He loves you. Yield to His love in you. Perfected love cast out all fear. Casts out all that will contaminate our faith. Casts out the foxes that will try to spoil the vineyards of our love… that love that NEVER fails.