We’re attempting to answer the question What exactly are Christians supposed to do? by looking at 50 commands straight from the mouth of Jesus.
Today’s topic: FEAR.
There are now more than 500 documented phobias in the world. There’s autophobia (fear of yourself), catabedephobia (fear of both high and low places), chorophobia (fear of dancing), coulrophobia (fear of clowns), homilophobia (fear of sermons), myxophobia (fear of slime), arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth) and panophobia (fear of everything). There’s even phobefobia (fear of phobias).
What’s the antidote to all this worldly fear, fretting and freaking out? Here’s what Jesus said:
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:4-5)
Fear nothing in this world:
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
Don’t be afraid; just believe. (Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50, 12:6-7)
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
Take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Do what Jesus says: Fear only God. Fear nothing in this world.
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