Fear is one of the most powerful motivators behind much of the world’s sorrows, horrors, and injustices. It is the cause behind prejudices of every kind. It is the source of unreasonable suspicions, and even violence.
“In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11
Fear is one of the most powerful motivators behind much of the world’s sorrows, horrors, and injustices. It is the cause behind prejudices of every kind. It is the source of unreasonable suspicions, and even violence. There is only one thing that can heal us of this, that is the experience of God’s infinite, perfect love for us, individually and as a whole. The Apostle John put it this way: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)
It is in the development of a personal relationship with God that we lose our fears. We come to know that God is with us at all times in all situations, that he will never abandon us, especially in times of trial or persecution. In coming to know Jesus, our hearts grow courageous, for we know that in him we have been redeemed from our sins, and the slavery of death. In him we have eternal life. There is no human threat of any kind that can intimidate one who has come to believe in God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with us.
God has created all things and made them for goodness. He is the one who sustains us, who empowers us with his grace. Through Jesus we have come to know and to experience God’s perfect love for us personally. What is there to fear then? The Master of Life is on our side. He has us, each and every one of us, ever in his mind. What human threats, what human powers, can intimidate us from joyfully living the Christ life openly in the world? The Apostle Paul gives us another way of putting this in his letter to the Romans: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us.?” (Romans 8:31)
With God we need not fear “the terrors of the night, nor the arrows that fly by day.” (Psalm 91:5) In him we find our strength. With him we can face adversity bravely. It is in God’s perfect love that we discover our courage. His love conquers all. It is his love that is the dawn that has broken upon all who dwell in the shadow of darkness and death, that guides our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1: 78-79)
Lord, in you we find our peace. We pray that you heal our present wounds, and relieve our present fears and that you strengthen us where we are weak. Help us to come to know you more dearly, to love you more sincerely, and to serve you more clearly in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
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