“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.”
Yes, God is love, and perfect love casts out fear, for there is no fear in love and there is no fear in God, for fear involves punishment. That means “God” and “punishment” are mutually exclusive. Where God is, there cannot be punishment, therefore there is no fear in love. The idea of punishment therefore is not from God but from the false identity or ego which itself is an illusion. The ego feeds from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or the system of reward and punishment based on a duality mindset – do good, get rewarded, do evil, get punished. Religious doctrines on sin, literal hell, rapture and tithing are all built on the illusion of ego and separation and use fear as a motivation to control people.
The antidote to fear, therefore, is to know the perfect love of God, who is our true identity by feeding from the tree of life, based on the unity and oneness mindset. We are one with God and one with one another. This is truly good news. May we continue to enjoy our freedom from the bondage to fear and embrace our sonship and belonging to Divine Unconditional Love.