1 John 4:18 (NASB)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casts out fear, because fear
punishment, and the one who fears is not

perfected in love. 

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Bible Commentary:

1 John 4:18 is a popular Bible verse in the New Testament that tells us how perfect love pushes fear out of our lives. 

Can you imagine what your life would be like without any kind of fear or anxiety? No insecurity about what others think or say about you? Nothing hanging over your head telling you what you did wrong, what you should do or should have done?

The chaos of insecurity and fear in our souls has a devastating effect on our daily lives and well-being. Jesus Christ made the way for us to enjoy peace and to be free from fear.

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In order to understand 1 John 4:18, we need to look at the two verses preceding it. 1 John 4:16-17,

16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

These Bible verses are written to believers, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Very plainly, John states that God is love and that as believers, if we choose to abide in love—not judgment or jealousy for example—then we abide in God and God abides in us.

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Quite simply, it means that if we stay focused on God—love—then we are more aware of His Presence with us. Now don’t get me wrong. He is always with us, but many times we are not aware of His Presence because of all the distractions of the world.


It is possible to keep our focus on God while going about our daily business, but it takes time, like a muscle that needs to be worked out in order to become strong.

Just like our physical workout is impotant, so is our spiritual workout, which is spending time alone with God and His Word, the Bible--communicating with Him as His Word communicates back to us.

As we grow in the knowledge of God, we begin to see and feel more and more from His perspective. (2 Cor 3:18)

So then, love is perfected in us (verse 17 above) as we abide in Him—focus on Him continually. As we develop this focus muscle, we cannot help but gain confidence because we are gaining more awareness or intimacy, of His Presence--His perspective. As our confidence increases, fear and insecurity are pushed out.


With a consistent focus on God, we're abiding in Him. Fear cannot remain. Perfect love casts out fear.

There is no greater confidence than having the mind and perspective of Jesus Christ! And there is no greater peace or joy than having an intimate and continual fellowship with Christ. He is the Perfect Partner!

Now keep in mind, God is not expecting us to see ourselves as perfect. But He sees us as perfect because His Son Jesus Christ lives within us. That is why we can have confidence on the day of judgment.

We see perfect love emerge from our lives as fear is pushed out. Every fear in our life can be defeated. Psalm 34:4 says, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears."

Let's keep our focus on God by communicating with Him continually, like a best friend. Then our perspective changes as we enjoy peace in His Presence and freedom from fear.

Study the Bible verse of 1 John 4:18, and be set free from fear.



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