As a man, a husband and a pastor, I know more about the paralyzing effects of fear than I ever thought possible in earlier life. Over and again the Bible deals with overcoming fear, such as when angels appear to mortals, their appearance is usually accompanied by words such as, “fear not.” Christ said similar words to John in the Book of Revelation.
Christ stated these words of comfort in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
There are any number of antidotes to fear. The one I have chosen today is simple, yet powerful, and one often used in times of great danger. James Neil Hollingsworth wrote:
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
History, even recent history such as in New England this past weekend, gives testimony to the terrifying power of fear in the face of real or imagined danger. It’s interesting to make a list of surrendered rights during the unstated but enacted Martial Law.
If you carefully look at the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel and the musing of Mr. Hollingsworth you will see the power in the words in a new light. In life there is, or should be, “something else more important than fear.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly