Practicing or dwelling in love causes love to grow in our life.

By repeated practice, an athlete matures in his ability to play the game. As his confidence in his ability to play the game grows, the fear of his opponent becomes less. This happens because he knows he has the resources on his side to score and win.
Practicing or dwelling in love causes love to grow in our life. By repeated practice love can become fully mature. Fully mature love casts out or overcomes all fears with all its agitations, frustrations, and negations. There develops a settled, steady, trust and faith in God’s goodness and faithfulness to know that he will do what he said he will do. In this way, no matter how the game is going at the present, you know you have the resources on your side to score and win in every arena of life. The key is to just keep playing the game with God on your side.
“God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:16b-18).
“Perfect” in the KJV Bible means “fully mature.” “Boldness in the day of judgement” is that confidence and trust in God gained by dwelling in his presence and knowing him while we play the game of life. “As he is so are we in this world” is the perfect finished work of Jesus Christ applied to the account of every believer. This is our constant resource to score and win.
Jesus overcame sin, self, satan, and sorry circumstances. Death put him down for three days, but he even rose up victorious over that to live forevermore. He presently lives in supernatural power in the heavenly spiritual realm. All this is made available to every believer to draw upon in daily life through faith in the Word and by yielding to the Holy Spirit. Living in, practicing his love, is our constant resource to always score and win. So keep playing the game! Score the shot! Way to go! Win!
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing columnist for the Siftings and can be reached via email at