1 John 4:18

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

It has been a week since Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day, I noticed the immense emphasis on love in every facet of my social circle. People bought valentine’s cards, chocolate, and candy all in an effort to express their love for their significant other. Even at the school I work, the students wore red and engaged in love gestures that made you melt. Witnessing this variety of thought and gesture made me reflect on what love is. This is my conclusion:

Love is unity. Love is the highest connection for which humans connect. Love is that thing which cannot be explained, because we cannot always explain our complex feelings surround love. Humans are complex and often ambiguous in thought compared with actions. To be a human means that we can somewhat formulate our expression of love for others and for ourselves. The complexity surrounding love is a reflection on our own complexity and provides light to how interconnected humans really are. In order to understand love, one must understand humans. In order to love, one must understand oneself.

In the scriptural passage above, the author expresses what perfect love looks like. Specifically, the author recognizes how fear should not be present in the midst of love. Love at its core does not involve fear. But, the major case that the author makes here is that PERFECT love has these characteristics.

Perfect love is not easy to accomplish. Quite frankly, perfection is never easy to accomplish. We strive toward perfection every day. Despite our issues and complexities, love exceeds and can live perfected.


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