The Power of Fear
There aren't many things that can hinder us like fear can. When we aren't ourselves, often times, it is because we are afraid we won't be accepted.
When we don't follow our dreams, often times, it is because we are afraid of failure.
When we don't love deeply, often times, it is because we are afraid we will get hurt.
And when we don't help people, often times, it is because we are afraid we will be taken advantage of.
This is the power of terror.
And we can not let it win.
We can not let terror keep us from chasing our dreams, being ourselves, or from building meaningful relationships with people who might (and probably will) hurt us.
And yet we let it do this on a daily basis.
So often I find myself trying to act one way or another because I'm afraid that people won't approve of me if I just relax and be myself. And so often I don't take the time to help someone because I am afraid for my own well-being and don't want to be taken advantage of.
But God calls us to trust in him. His word tells us that he is greater than any bout of evil or fear that we may have to face on this earth and that he has overcome the world.
Psalm 27:1- "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
John 16:33- "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
God says do not be afraid. God says that He is with us even as we walk through the valleys of death.
This week I posted about my stance on whether or not the U.S. should allow Syrian refugees into our nation.
Tonight, I am encouraging us all to respond in love, and not fear. I'm not saying we let everyone in without proper screening and safety measures, or without paying attention to the resources these people will need in order to not just become another member of our homeless population. But what I am saying, is that we find a way to help.
Jesus loved the vulnerable, and he calls us to do the same.
Whether it be us going and serving them where they are, praying for them from where we are, giving financially as we are able, or welcoming them as we come, I am asking that we respond in love and not in fear.
Because the second we fear, is the second we let the terrorists win.
I am confident that there will be more attacks. I am confident that there are many people who want us dead. But I am also confident that our God has already overcome all of these things.
So let us not draw back from their punches. Let us go forth and swing strong with love, grace, truth, and justice.
"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." - 1 John 4:18