But I don’t believe you.
I don’t mean that in a mean way. The truth is, you and I are human. We have feelings. God made us that way.
The question is not, “Are you afraid?” The real question is, “What are you afraid of?”
And even more importantly, “What are you going to do about it?”
There’s a lot of misunderstanding about fear. Some in Christian circles affirm you should never be afraid of anything. And in heaven that will be true. But down here, it’s a factor we must continually deal with in our finite human existence.
Think of it like sickness. God doesn’t want you sick. If you live a healthy lifestyle you have a better likelihood of not being sick. But you are not a failure as a Christian if your physical human body develops a sickness.
Similarly, God doesn’t want you afraid. If you live a healthy emotional lifestyle you have a better likelihood of not being afraid. But you are not a failure as a Christian if your limited human mind struggles with fear in some way.
So, what are you afraid of?
- Getting old or sick
- What other people think of you
- Running out of money
- The future
- Something will go wrong in general
- God will be displeased with you
These are only a few things you might be afraid of.
So admit it. There’s something you’re afraid of.
Now, what are you going to do about it?
Remember, courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s the decision to take action anyway, even if you still feel afraid.
Fear is one of those things we must contend with here in this world. Remember, God does not speak through fear (2 Tim 1:7), and His love is the most powerful antidote to fear (1 John 4:18).
So pick your slogan, and don’t quit:
No Fear Here!
Do It Afraid!
Your turn: What are you afraid of? And what are you going to do about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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