Those of us who hang in Christian circles have sometimes heard reference to something called a life verse. That is the verse in scripture which seems to resonate most with us in our lives. Hopefully for most of us it is also one which gives us “life” and supports in our walk through this world.
My life verse is 1 John 4:18 (21st Century King James Version) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
This verse was a gift to me from God in a time in my life when I was very fearful. Everything seemed to be falling apart and I had no idea what I should do. This verse reminded me that I was loved by my creator even if it feels no one else does. When I grab for that perfect love it calms the torment in my heart.
When we were children we were afraid of the dark but grew to understand the dark was not we feared but rather the unknown. What we could not see and understand brought fear. When we could see and understand the noises of the night they no longer held our imaginings of terror.
Today I saw some stories on the internet about some fear reactions to the recent terror attacks in Paris and Beruit. Police shot an innocent man carrying an electric razor, someone burned a mosque and a Muslim woman was attacked in a public place with violence and threats.
These are the reactions of fear and of the unknown. When people don’t take enough time to learn about the things they fear then innocents often become the target of their fear. When an approach of love and caring is used these situations do not happen.
I am very sad about what has happened to many innocents in many parts of the world, particularly the present situation with ISIS but I want people to stop long enough to learn what they are really afraid of. It is important to look at those who are attacking us and understand what their fear is but even more important is our own fear. We are not afraid of a group of people but rather of the the torment that could be brought upon us by loss of our way of life, of what makes us comfortable.
Holding out our hearts and trying to fill them with perfect love will begin to calm the fear because perfect love looks at all the points of view and seeks a solution which is right and which gives life.
May the Divine help us all to live in perfect love.