Couldn’t we all use more courage?
I mean, it seems like fear is slowly becoming an epidemic in the world. Fear of death, fear of failure, fear of God, fear of no God, fear of terrorists, fear of the environment, fear of which presidential candidate will win—the list could go on.
Fear is mammoth, it’s debilitating, and it creates paranoid, cowardly, hopeless, joyless people.
I think that is why Jesus addresses our fears head-on. The one statement He made more than any other was:
Be not Afraid!
Check it out:
“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me… I go to prepare a place for you…that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3
“Fear not: believe only, and ye shall be made whole.” Luke 8:50
“Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” Matthew 14:27
“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul.” Matthew 10:28
“Arise, and be not afraid.” Matthew 17:7
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38
“Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass.” Matthew 24:6
“When thou goest to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee.” Deuteronomy 20:1
“Courage, brethren [and sisters], and on, on to victory.” D&C 128:22
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid…for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Being afraid does not mean that we’ve give up. It just means that the sweat of life is obscuring our vision. It’s a fight. The salt of perspiration has blurred our focus and maybe even is burning our eyes. Don’t throw in the towel, Jesus pleas, I’m in the ring with you. Count on me.
To win the Fear battle, we don’t have to be a prize fighter. We just need to have faith in the One who is.
Love to all, from France,
Soeur Lauren Nef
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