I struggle with fear sometimes, probably not the same fear you do, but maybe it is. I think we all fear something at one point or another in our lives.
Fear of change.
Fear of failure (that’s a big one for me.)
Fear of death.
Fear of letting other people down.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of (pick a topic).
Sometimes I think even self-doubt can be a form of fear. It can be just as paralyzing anyway.
I realized lately that I had been struggling with certain fears, and I was letting them get the best of me, which is a horrid way to live. Especially for someone who is a Christian – who is expected to get it right all the time. So, I’m not perfect, but that’s ok. That awesome thing is that God still loves me and is just waiting to help me with my problems, if I’ll only ask.
So if you’re dealing with some sort of fear in your life, let the words of 1 John 4:18 be an encouragment to you, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…”
Where does that perfect love come from? I’m glad you asked. It comes only from a living and active relationship with Jesus. Not a religion, not a special prayer, not by jumping up and down 3 times will patting your head, but by a living relationship with Jesus. Without that, we all have a lot to fear.