There Is No Fear In Love

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NIV)

The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint: "I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do." Everybody else may get burned by you, but you get to do it your own way. The world says you can have your freedom but only by being totally selfish.

Yet, the Bible says the only way to true freedom is through Jesus: “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free” (John 8:36 TEV).

Real freedom is freedom from fear, where you’re truly free from guilt, from worry, from bitterness, and from death. You’re free to quit pretending because you’re free to be yourself.

How do you get rid of those kinds of fears? By letting God love you! The apostle John teaches that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a NIV).

When you realize how much God loves you, you’ll begin to live in true freedom. In fact, you worship God when you recognize that “God is love.” It is an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, and generous God and that we can “rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16b NIV).

Talk About It

Freedom is based on God’s love for you. Discuss this verse: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18a NIV).  

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and best-known churches. In addition, Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church, which was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of, a global Internet community for ministers. © Copyright 2013 Rick Warren.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.



Special Offer


The Purpose of Christmas, Hardcover Book

Would you like to experience a deep and meaningful Christmas? In his book called, The Purpose Of Christmas, Pastor Rick Warren shows you how Christmas is designed to meet your three deepest needs and how receiving God’s three Christmas gifts to you this year will transform your life forever.


On the Radio


Building My Life On Values That Last, Complete Audio Series

Do you think our society is in a period of moral decline? Have we abandoned the moral truth that has guided us for generations? In this series, Pastor Rick explains why biblical values must define our lives.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series