READ over a page or two in your Bible to 1 John 4:17, and John will use the same word to talk about “confidence in the day of judgment.” Confidence – both in “his appearing” and on “the day of judgment.” Our faith in Christ offers a gift of grace far beyond our ability to measure.
How can that be? For John, the answer may be “continue to abide in Him.” John loves this word “abide.” It has to do with a persistent, on-going, and reciprocal relationship with Jesus. The Greek word sounds like the English word “minnow.” For me, the analogy is something like this: a minnow can live only when it remains, abides, persists, in the water. Lay it on the dock, soon life slips away.