“No Fear in Love” is a book authored by Andy Braner.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19 ESV
Fear. Love. For me these are two of the most overused but underestimated words in the world. For some, these words aren’t big deals anymore. Considering the fact that our society today normalizes the things that, in many aspects, are unhealthy, the aforementioned words do not have weight anymore. But as I was reading this book, I realized that these two things here are the major causes of how we act, decide, empathize, build relationships, and the way we live our lives.
We live in a constant need to be something to make sure we matter..Andy Braner
True enough. We have this in mind that we should achieve something for us to be seen as successful or even just be noticed by the people that matter or don’t matter to us at all. I realized that maybe we are unconsciously blinded by this notion in our journey as Christians. Maybe there are times that we focus on this so much that we forget that our main aim supposedly is just to be obedient as to what God has commanded us first: to love Him and to love His people.
Braner slapped me with this. I mean, this is so true to all of us. In the first part of the book, the author made me realize a lot of things. It was like he was pertaining to me and the current situation I am in the whole time I was reading the book. Maybe one of the reasons why we feel like we are weary for a time and our knees become feeble is because we are chasing the wrong thing. We focus on our security. We focus on our comfort. We focus on our own salvation and try hard preserving it. There’s nothing wrong with doing these things and keeping them in mind always. Each of us just got to be careful. We have to be aware of our heart’s condition and should not let Jesus just dwell in a tiny compartment of it. No. He is supposed to live there without any restrictions. Let Him have all of your heart. All. We have to focus on making God’s glory be known in all the earth and that would mean you should care less for anything that won’t help you to be a part of it.
Another important thing is we have to find out how well we’re doing as we take part in God’s redemptive purpose. Are we just focusing on what people expect to see and hear from us?
We tend to box ourselves.
We tend to follow the rules strictly.
We tend to believe the notion that the people that follow and believe certain dogmas are the “good girls/boys.”
It’s for us to figure things out, after all.
Lastly, Braner’s experiences have taught me to love regardless of the person’s dark past, social standing, gender, race, beliefs, and religion. In his book he has a great emphasis on demonstrating the brotherly love that God is talking about in the Scriptures. Maybe it’s high time for us to realize and self-reflect about this as well if we have ever hoped for a better world, and if we ever understood what God meant when He said we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves.