Thursday, August 23, 2012

Don't Be Skurred!!!

Don’t Be Scared!

I John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love.

I was watching the movie, “Life” starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence on TV last night. Even though it was a comedy there was a serious scene where the actor playing a gay inmate is facing his fear of being released. Ironically, he is the same one who told Martin Lawrence’s character the infamous words “Don’t be skurred (scared)!” Now here he is afraid to go face his family with the fact that he has been living as a gay man during his time in prison. He tells Eddie Murphy’s character, ‘My mama won’t accept me like this.” He takes off his scarf and takes out running for the gun line. Everyone yells for him to stop but we all know what he’s doing. He’s committing suicide because his fear over rode his love. He was supposed to be set free from prison but he kills himself out of fear.

We cannot live our lives in fear or else we put ourselves in Prison for life. We need to know that:

  1. There is no Fear in Love. How can we fear the People we love? Because we allow the fear of punishment or rejection to override the Love in our relationship with God and others. When there is unconditional love people ought not be afraid to face the truth of who they are or the situation at hand. If you are in a relationship where you are fearful then it is not a love relationship.
  2. Perfect love drives out fear. When we Love people with the Love of God it drives out their fear and releases them to be honest with their feelings. Some people would rather stay in prison for life or die before they face their truth out of fear of punishment. When we Love people with the Love of God it should free them. God’s desire is that no one would perish but that all would be saved.
  3. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love. God perfects us in Love. God sends loving correction to his children. He does not pounce on us when we do wrong but he whispers to us to come back home. When we overcome our fear of God’s judgment and embrace his Love we will have no fear.
Dear God,

Help us to Lead and live out of Love and not fear. It is much more productive to be Loved than it is to be feared. Teach us to Fear you in the sense of Respect but not to avoid your Love out of the Fear of Judgment. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom but the fulfillment of wisdom is the acceptance of your Love as evidenced by what you did through Jesus on Calvary’s cross. Thank you for the Love that you showed through Jesus for us. There is no greater Love than this, a man who would lay down his life for a friend. That’s Love and I’m not scared anymore.

In Jesus Name,


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