Scripture

1 John 4:16-18

16 And so 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. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 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.

Reflection

The term “original sin” brings many images to mind.  Contrary to what many of us think, or were taught, original sin has nothing to do with sex.  Consider the temptation of Eve by Satan. “Eat the apple and you will be in control, like God.” We think, “If I’m in control there is nothing to fear.”  As we grow, we have an innate desire to be in control.  Our lives are a constant struggle to control relationships, people, danger, environment, the future, etc. 

We think “If I’m in control there is nothing to fear.” Really?  How is that workin’ for you? How did that work out for Adam and Eve? How did it work out for Alexander the Great, Caesar, Hitler, Stalin, etc.? If I could just be in charge, I’d have nothing to fear…...except losing control!

In one sense, we do have control.  God loves us enough to give us a choice, we must surrender to God’s perfect love or live in fear.  We don’t need enough control to drive out fear.  We need to surrender to the ONE who is in control and loves us perfectly.

Prayer

Lord, I’ve seen your job and I don’t want it.  I trust your control and perfect love in my life.  Amen.