There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love
Fear holds no bearing when love is present that’s why a parent can run into a burning house for a child without thinking about the ramifications. Love carries a power that signifies the personification of God. God is love, therefore love is one of the strongest emotions that we are blessed with as human beings.
I recently watched a research video on babies and their caregivers regarding non-verbal emotional communication. In that study, the babies were placed on a tabletop, and the illusion of a hole or depression was created on the other half of the table to see whether the babies will cross over depending on the expressions of their caregivers.
Fear Loses its grip
The findings show that the babies crossed to the other side if their caregivers were smiling and had approval on their faces. But they would not cross if the caregivers’ faces expressed fear and concern. While watching the research this verse came to mind “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” I marveled at the revelation of it. Sometimes love felt through non-verbal communication is even stronger.
When you know and understand the love of God, fear will only pay you a visit but will not make its sanctuary in your heart and mind. You will realize that the God who created and reigns over the universe loves you enough to put his son in your place and you adopt into his family, and He will not let anything harm you or make you suffer for nothing.
God’s Love Through Non-verbal
God’s love is communicated even through non-verbal means such as feeling awe when His Presence is felt in your heart and soul. “Non-verbal communication is the process of communication by means of which messages are sent without the use of words.” Sometimes when reading God’s word you can be filled with his love because “Written texts can also include non-verbal elements given by style, spatial setting of words or by the use of emoticons.” (PĂUNESCU, A., & INDREICA, E.-S, 2014)
In conclusion, it is important to keep in mind that fear knows no boundaries. It will show its ugly head whenever it can, but you have the perfect weapon to silence fear each and every time it comes knocking at your door. Seek to know and understand God’s love for you. Many of us have grown up in households or neighborhoods where love is never expressed or where the meaning of love is misunderstood.
Rejoice, for the love of God is unconditional, perfect, and never runs dry. Keep loving others, even if they are unable to return your love, because “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” 1 John 4:16
Thank you for reading. May God’s love continue to abound in your heart and mind, that it might overflows to others around. Stay Blessed!
PĂUNESCU, A., & INDREICA, E.-S. (2014). Use of Non-Verbal Communication in
Preschoolers Emotional Development. Journal Plus Education / Educatia Plus, 10(2), 283–292.