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Monday, January 7, 2008

Love Casts Out Fear

I believe fear is conquered through love. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 Jn. 4:18). We cannot fear that which we love.

If you are afraid of something or someone, turn your attention to what you love rather than holding on to the thought of fear. The following meditations can help you in the stillness of prayer:

I let love cast out fear of disease or ill health.

I love the life idea. I fall in love with life. I think life and talk life. I see myself filled with life, the very life of God.I love, praise, and give thanks for the life of God that is my life—the life of God which heals, restores, and renews me.With thoughts and feelings of love—love of life, love of the healing idea—I release my thoughts of ill health, disease, and fear. I am in love with life, and I express the life of God, radiantly, wonderfully, powerfully.

I let love cast out fear of being alone.

I love my life. I love the place that I call home. I love knowing that I am never alone, that God is always with me. I give love, and I feel surrounded and enfolded by the love of God.I may be alone but I am never lonely. I think lovingly of my dear ones near and far. I pray with love for the people I feel close to and for the world. I feel a part of the great and wonderful family of God. Love makes me one with God and one with all God’s children.

I let love cast out fear of lack.

Love replaces poverty thoughts. I love the realization that I am a rich child of a rich God. I love the work that is mine to do. I love and praise God as my dependable, unfailing resource. I love the flow of supply that is without limitation. I love, use, and express the talents and abilities with which I have been endowed. I love the feeling of success and satisfaction that I have because my trust is in God. I love the thought that my daily needs are met and that my future needs will be met as well. I express love and release thoughts of lack. I express love—God’s prospering love—as I let myself share willingly and freely with others.

I let love cast out fear of failure.

I love the opportunities that are mine. I love the challenges that stir me to deeper thought and greater effort. I love the spirit of faith and courage that refuses to let fear dominate me. I love the feeling of spiritual power—the power of the Christ within me—that is mine when I act courageously and dare to step out in faith. I love the feeling of reassurance which comes when I listen to the “still small voice” within telling me that I can succeed.

I let love cast out fear of people.I express love toward all, and I attract love from all.Love—divine love—is never mistrusted, never mistrusts. Love—divine love—never mistreats and is never mistreated. Love is always harmonious. Love breaks down barriers of timidity or lack of understanding. Love is not overpowered by personality. Love meets in agreement with the best in others and reveals it.I meet life and people in a loving spirit, and life and people respond to me with warmth, friendliness, and love.

I let love cast out fear of change.

I think about change, and I hold this positive thought: I love the thought of change! Love assures me that through every change God is with me. In every changing condition or circumstance, love reveals something new and rewarding. I meet change with love, and I am blessed, enriched, and made happier.

I let love cast out fear of fear.

Love casts out unreasonable fear. Love casts out fear of fear itself! I remember that God loves me. What is there to fear? God is love, and God loves me.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor pricipalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39).

Fearlessly I meet life and love God, knowing that God loves me and that nothing and no one can separate me from the love of God. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”


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