With his love, he will calm all your fears. Zephaniah 3:17

Love calms fears. Not just some of them, but all of them. This reminds me of that other verse, Perfect love casts out fear. (1 Jn. 4:18) Why? What is the relationship between love and fear?

Perhaps it’s that in love, nothing exists that causes us fear. There is no rejection. There is no harm. There is no confusion. There is no instability or insecurity. There is no threat. There is no torment. There’s nothing to fear.

The surrounding verses of 1 Jn. 4:18 also shed some insight: There is no fear in love … fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Love calms fears because it is the antidote to torment. Moreover, fear keeps us from being sanctified in the love of God — from truly experiencing His love and becoming who He created us to be.

To overcome my fears, I will focus on God’s love. Not just day-to-day, but moment-by-moment. I see no other way. This is the solution I’ve been looking for.

Lord, quiet my soul with your love. Calm my fears with your love. May your love always be foremost on my mind so that experiencing fear becomes entirely foreign to me. Transform me completely with a new awareness of your love.