There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

1 John 4: 18a

My feet are made of clay, and my heart trembles in the face some of the strangest
things. You know, little things, simple things, and routine things like talking
with people who I am close to and people that I am closely connected to about
the sorts of issues that make up living. Sometimes, I am fearful about talking
to God about the issues of my own life and about living it; and sometimes I get
overly concerned about opening up the aspirations of my heart and my mind to my
spiritual family. Yet, holding back like this by not giving an honest
recitation of where I am and what I am feeling is at best not relationally
progressive and is at worst damaging to those relationships.

Perfect love comes from one source. The very concept of love and what it is to care
about people in this deep and other-oriented manner is provided to us
through and by God. The first love relationship was between the Lord and His
created man, and the first human love relationship was designed and given life
by God’s hands. God loved us into existence, and He loves us into
eternity. During every moment that comes in the time between these
bookend points in our lives God’s Spirit is with us, and He continually
tells us and demonstrates the His unwavering love for us.

Here is a truly simple, yet incredibly profound thought for me to consider today,
God’s love has never failed me, and He has never rejected me. He always
listens and always provides me with empowering feedback; so, why should I
ever be reluctant to open my heart and my mind to Him? Likewise, the Spirit of
Christ is with me always and in all situations. This is especially true in all
of my relationships, for the interaction of people is at the top of God’s
priority list right after our relationship with Him. It is God’s desire that
our connection to others would be modeled after His with us; therefore, He
wants us to love the people in our lives perfectly, unfailingly, and unrelentingly.

The love that God has for us, as totally exemplified in the ways that Christ loves us,
should drive away the relational fears and the reluctance to openly love others
that is ingrained from birth in our human natures. This is a day for me to
engage the conversation, initiate the needed talk, and love others through the
sort of direct honesty that reflects the fearless heart of someone who
seeks to love perfectly.