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. We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19
Contrary to popular opinion the opposite of love is not hate, it is fear. It is fear that our needs may not be met, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, fear of what others can do to us, or many other fears, that actually prevent us from being able to receive and give love. True love can only flourish where fear makes way for the courage to trust and dare to be vulnerable enough to entrust ourselves to others. It is because of Gods enormous love that we dare to trust Him and as His love transforms our hearts we more dare to trust others too and let go of our fear. Then we no longer need to hide behind walls of silence, bitterness, deception, self-sufficiency, keeping up appearances, hate or anger to defend our fragile selves but as weak as we are become strong in His love.