For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
If the spirit of fear doesn’t come from God, where does it come from? Please don’t be confused. Fear in God and general fear are very much different. Fear in God means having a respect for God which is called reverential fear. Knowing God is the creator of us all and He holds our eternal lives in His hand, we should reverence His sovereignty and power (1 Peter 1:17-21). General fear is the type of fear we might experience when standing alone on righteousness, such as on our jobs and even in our places of worship.
General fear is the type of fear we might experience when standing alone on righteousness, such as in the workplace and even in our places of worship. This kind of fear can be classified as cowardice. Let’s be real. To be a Christian takes courage and perseverance in this so called modern world. We can’t afford to retreat when we’re persecuted for our stance on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will be scorned, lied on, and maybe even beaten for our belief. But we have to stand even in the face of death.
Instead of fear, God has given us these three things:
- Power – Not in a sense of being to leap building in a single bound. Or having power over people. But it’s the power over whatever comes to thwart the spread of the Gospel. This power replaces timidity with boldness. It wins the respect of those who sees this power through the workings of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8)
- Love – This kind of love isn’t an ordinary love. This kind of love separates the ones who possess it from the love of the world. This kind of love allows us to love people we know hate us. This kind of love allows us to love people who use us. This kind of love captures the attention of everyone, friend and foe alike. And this kind of love is needed when we speak the truth of the Gospel, without condemning anyone.
- Sound Mind – Or discipline. It takes discipline to stay calm and loving in the face of adversity. Our natural response to opposition is to respond in ways that don’t reflect the nature of Christ, who was humble, even unto His death (Philippians 2:8). Discipline isn’t taking your religion off to get somebody straight, then resuming your faith walk after the dust settles. Having this kind of discipline stops us from becoming unglued in stressful situations.
Showing no fear isn’t a natural ability.
Showing no fear isn’t a natural ability. It is an ability given to those who have begun to trust God and the power He has over all situations. It’s the ability to drop our old way of doing things, to the way God has placed us on. The ability to walk away from what we are used to and accepting that way, and preaching to others that way takes courage, not fear.