Love – the opposite of fear…not hate? How so?
Interesting study this week on the correlation between sinful fear and selfishness by Lou Priolo.
Here goes —
People who are selfish tend to be fearful.
People who are fearful are necessarily selfish.
The opposite of (and remedy for) sinful fear is love. First John 4:18 explains, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
Love is also antithetical to (as well as the antidote for) the sin of selfishness. According to 1 Corinthians 13:5, love “does not seek its own.” It is not selfish. Try looking at it as an equation.
Love is the opposite of Fear.
Love is the opposite of Selfishness
Now see what remains when you “factor out” love from the equation.
Fear and selfishness are corollaries.
Love is being more concerned with what I can…
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