Thanks for joining me again this week.
In my last post, I talked about a series I planned where I would cover those tricky human emotions that have such a negative stigma in the church.
This weak we're focusing on fear.
IS FEAR A SIN?
Why would fear be considered a sin?
In the old testament, Abraham's faith in God was compared to righteousness.
Romans 4:1-3 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh,discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a]
In fact, many of Isreal's forefathers were considered righteous, not because of their own works but solely based on their faith in God.
Because of this, some might consider fear to be a sin. After all, isn't fear the opposite of faith? And if faith is righteous, the opposite of it, fear, must be unrighteous.
I used to think that way. I used to think feeling fear meant I had a lack of faith in God. That I was weak.
Now, I realize that isn't the case.
The thing is, where would faith be if there was never any risk in it? We call it a leap for a reason. The fear that comes from the unknown goes hand in hand with faith.
So in a sense, you could say that faith is rooted in fear. That without fear, our faith wouldn't mean anything.
THE PERFECT EXAMPLE
In case this explanation seems a little simplistic for you let's take a look at our perfect example, Jesus Christ.
Luke 22: 41-44 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[c]
As we all know, Jesus never sinned. He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins, after all. Without His flawless nature, we'd be up a creek without a paddle.
Yet here, we see Jesus ask God to take the task away from Him. It might be a bit arrogant of me, but I assume this is because Jesus felt fear in the face if His impending death, which He knew would be brutal.
But Jesus finished His prayer, "Not my will, but yours be done." choosing to trust in God's goodness and love. Jesus practiced His faith in the Father despite His fear.
DOES THE BIBLE WARN AGAINST FEAR?
In the Bible it talks about fear a lot. But it never specifically warns against it.
It does say that perfect love casts out fear, though of course, this likely has to do with God's love for us and the fear we would have to face should we be forced to pay for our sins on our own.
However, I do think Christians need to watch out for fear.
I believe we need to do our best to trust in God and not let our fears control us.
The devil is always lurking in the shadows of our lives waiting to use anything he can against us. He would be more than willing to use or fear to lead us into sin, such as denying God or allowing ourselves to hurt others.
As with all things, fear is a tool God has given us to use to be safe. It's up to us to seek the wisdom and self-control necessary to use that tool properly.
Thanks again for joining me! I hope you liked this post. And if you have any thoughts on the role fear plays in the life of Christians, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!