Standard Posted by Doug Posted on May 8, 2012 Posted under Commute Cam Comments 3 Comments Morning Commute Cam #235: Love Is Dangerous Scary ideas can pop into your head while you’re brushing your teeth! 36.304774 -86.619996 Rate this:TweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related ChristianityChurchFaithfearGraceHomosexualityLoveReconcilingUnited Methodist Post navigation ← Morning Commute Cam #234: Love, Love, Love Beard Poll: Grow It or Trim It? → 3 thoughts on “Morning Commute Cam #235: Love Is Dangerous” Thank you for sharing your emotion. Thank you Thank you. Last week I read 1 John 4:18 in the CEB, “love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment.” that was a moment when things clicked for me… I don’t fear the right thing, I don’t fear God’s calling. I fear the condemnation, the embarrassment, the confrontation. Because fear expects the negative, the punishment. But if I abide in the love of God, then even if I go to the table at the center of General Conference, or whatever table it is for me, then I expect grace and mercy and truth to prevail. True love casts out my fear of punishment. I tried to talk with Jeff about this at 6:30am before he had his coffee and it didn’t go well. But now I know I can call you after you’ve brushed your teeth and we can hash these things out. Thank you, Doug! LikeLike Reply I haven’t ever been in a place that is as peaceful and right-feeling as I am about this. There is nothing to fear in this place! I have lived in fear for so long that I had come to consider it normal. All of that lead to anger, frustration, and even hatred. Certainly if love casts out fear, fear suppresses love. I see all kinds of possibility now. The idea of healthy detachment, as opposed to living anxiously, sounds like a real option instead of something made up that I could never do. And it’s so simple! Of course, I know it isn’t. But it feels simple. I almost can’t wait to test it! To test the ability to choose love over fear and to see where that leads. Bring it! And Kara, I love “…or whatever table it is for me.” I get that. Tis excellent! LikeLike Reply I thought we, as Americans, as Christians, as humans, would have been past this fear and hatred (which is, IMHO, just super-charged fear) long, long ago. How is it that I am 60 and this has not been relgated to history? Be courageous..be strong and very courageous. LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.