Hi! It’s Tuesday again–already!– and time for another Bible art journaling project.
In the Rebekah Jones Original Bible Art Journaling Challenges that I’ve been getting, Week 7 focused on a verse from 1 John that I’ve always struggled with: 1 John 4:18:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18 NKJV).
I do not live a fear-free life and have often berated myself with this verse. What’s wrong with me!? My imperfect love notwithstanding, I welcomed a chance to meditate on this verse in a visual way.
Rebekah’s blog post and video lesson is HERE
If you check it out, you’ll see that her visual is a set of tags (like one would find attached to new clothes), with the words “Perfect love casts out fear” on them. The word “fear” is untied from the rest, and about to slip to the ground. It’s simple and beautiful.
As at other times, I didn’t have her supplies but loved the idea of getting rid of fear in some way. As I pondered this, a picture came to mind of “Love” as a heart, pushing “Fear” off the page.
I sketched it with pencil, outlined with Pigma Micron pens, and used pencil crayon to do the coloring.
I added the house at the top, from which fear was cast, as a symbol of my life. For in verse 16 I see:
“God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him.”
That tells me that God lives in me and if He is there, there is no room for fear in the same house.
Fear’s chain and leg irons symbolize Fear’s torment, which are thrown out together with their master.
As I worked through the process of illustrating these verses, I believe I came to a better understanding of this difficult (to-me) passage than I ever have before. I continue to be surprised by how art journaling is adding life, color, and relevance to my Bible study.