There’s a reason “do not be afraid” is one of the most-repeated commands in the Bible. (Appearing about 100 times, in various forms, not 365. That’s a myth we need to stop repeating).
There’s plenty of evil in this world. There always has been. And, until Jesus returns, there always will be.
Fear reacts to the presence of evil by saying “be afraid, bunker in, clump together and preserve whatever we can.”
Faith says “don’t be afraid, venture out, partner together and bless whoever you can.”
Following the commands of Jesus isn’t supposed to be easy. Cross-bearing never is.
Loving your enemies is hard. Giving away what you have – in money, property, status, even your rights – is scary. But it’s what faith-filled Christians do.
The only thing scarier is not to give it away. Sure, we can keep fighting to gain or retain our little slice of the world, but we might lose our soul in the process.
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