Whenever I read this verse, I think of Betsie ten Boom, Corrie’s sister. READ MORE
Whoa. This verse is deep. Typically, folks — me included — don’t contextualize the “perfect love drives out fear.” Instead, we focus on God’s loves casts out fear. But the rest of the verse is pretty important. Why? Because it has to do with repentance.
Imagine, if you will, Jesus sees the crowds following Him. Like lost sheep that instinctively understand that this Man is their true Shepherd, they come. Are they drawn by the miracles He’s performed? Probably. Wouldn’t we?
You’ve probably felt that moment. The moment where you know what to give — whether money or time or a physical item — and the peace you feel is stronger than the, “Wait! What?” This isn’t about our tithes, tithes are a given, commanded — this is about offerings and what Paul is talking about with the people of Corinth.