Fear has been brought up a lot in the past weekend for me in regards to different things – mostly personal fears about my future, who I am, what I’m doing, etc. But even with the deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all the passengers on board the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, CA yesterday, and reading this morning about the Wuhan virus that’s spreading rapidly in China, I could feel a little bit of panic start to sprout in my heart.
Most of us heard of Kobe Bryant’s death, and we thought of ourselves and our loved ones, and how we need to take the time we do have to acknowledge them, love on them, let them know they’re loved. I feel like these feelings were somewhat rooted in fear: the fear of losing our own loved ones so suddenly, without a chance to say a proper goodbye. It may have caused us to fear ever getting in helicopters.
And with the Wuhan virus, I myself began to think, What if it spreads across every single continent? Is there a cure?? Are we safe? It made me think of when I told my boyfriend in the car yesterday how I was sort of nervous about getting my nails done because of this story one of my coworkers told me about a woman who got a flesh-eating disease from getting a manicure at what was known to be a clean establishment. It stopped my coworker from getting her nails done altogether (and she got them done pretty frequently), and it honestly made me hesitate to as well.
My boyfriend simply said to me, “That’s living in fear. That was one instance out of how many times people get their nails done? You can’t always stop doing something or be afraid of something because of that.”
And I knew he was right. If I wanted to get my nails done, why would I let one situation I heard about stop me from doing so?
Love: Fear’s Opposite ❤️
Now, in the case with Bryant’s death, I do think it’s healthy for us to not take our loved ones for granted, and to live each day like it’s our last, but we shouldn’t do so in fear, but in love. As I sat in the conference room at work and thought about these current events along with my own personal fears I’d thought about this weekend, this Bible verse popped into my head:
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear, but if power and love and self-control.”2 Timothy 1:7
And even while typing this post out, I thought of another Bible verse:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect Love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”1 John 4:18
There is a healthy sort of fear that brings us out of harmful situations, but we should not live in a fear that causes us to worry about any and every situation. Timothy says that God has given us a spirit that has…
- The POWER to rely on Him, and to live faithfully with purpose
- The LOVE of Christ within us that comforts us/gives us peace, and that we can display for others to feel and see if we follow Him wholeheartedly
- The SELF-CONTROL to be able to stop, and understand Who is truly in control of our lives
The verse from 1 John is honestly one of my favorites because I have to be reminded of it all the time. I grew up worrying about every little thing; being fearful of bad things happening, or things going wrong. But if I say I have faith in God and His Perfect Love, then fear should have no space in my heart because I trust Him. It doesn’t mean I’m perfect at it, but that I strive to loosen my grip on fear, and hold tight to love.
So, as we continue on today, may we take each step and say each word in and with LOVE…let fear take no part in it.