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Fear Less

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” – Jesus

The biblical position concerning fear is clear. Do not be afraid is one of the most frequently found commands in Scripture. Fear can keep us from following God as we should. There are many things we shouldn’t fear. However, we are all afraid of something.

To say that we do not fear is like saying we have no sin.

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)

We treat fear like we treat sin. We want to talk about everyone else’s fears, but we don’t want to talk about our own. We are quick to point out what others might be afraid of while ignoring the fears we hide deep inside.

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?” (Matt. 7:3-4)

Everyone is afraid. What one fears varies from person to person. It might be death, poverty, aging, change, loss of freedom, loneliness, government overreach, loss of memory, rejection, failure, sickness, or any number of other things.

What can we do about fear? Telling someone they are afraid typically doesn’t do much good. More often than not, it makes people angry and this does not lead to godliness. The bigger question is why we are worried about others when we have fears of our own. We have no control over what others fear, but we do have control over our fears.

The best thing I can do as a Christian is to stop the finger-pointing and work on my relationship with God. I can consider the following questions: What do I fear? How does this affect my faith? Am I not following God in some way because I am afraid? What can I do to change this? What steps do I need to take to draw closer to God?

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” – Jesus

We are all on a journey to fear less and trust God more. Let’s not beat each other up. Instead, let’s encourage one another as we all seek to be better followers of Jesus.

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