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It Isn't Love If You're Afraid

There is no fear in love.  1 John got it right when he wrote that there is no fear in love.  So if you, or someone you know , is afraid of wife or husband, or if you or someone you know is afraid of a boyfriend or girlfriend, or if you or someone you know is afraid of a sibling or a parent, tell someone you can trust that you are afraid.  It isn’t love if you’re afraid.  There is no fear in love.  No one should have to live with someone who is hitting them, hurting them, shouting names at them, or controlling them.

There is no fear in love.  Tell someone you trust if you or someone you know is living in a situation in which they are afraid.  And if they dismiss you or pretend it isn’t true, tell somebody else you trust, or tell me.  This is serious.  Lives are at stake.  There is no fear in love.

I wish I’d known this when I was a child.  My father was verbally abusive to everyone in my family, and we didn’t know how to break that cycle of verbal violence.  Nowadays, it’s ok to talk about, and it’s ok – in fact it’s imperative – That we do something about it.  There is no fear in love.

- Jan Powers, in a response to the 2/14/11 daily mail

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