F is For, Fear, and Faith

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Does anyone remember when that was the famous verse of Christianity?

Now the famous one..

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. ” Matthew 7:1-2

I wonder why the switch?

I have heard it quoted 2 ways.

The first is when someone needs to justify a behavior. A behavior they feel is wrong and do not want to be remined that it is wrong. so they say, ” judge not…”.

The second is when a person is expressing their personal views on a matter.If their personal view is NOT ” allow all things, all things are good, and right everyone is right” Sometimes people panic and think the individual is judgmental and so they say, “judge not…”

There are many more examples,none fresh on my mind. Any thoughts on that?

Next Word FEAR

F false

E evidence

A appearing

R real

Sometimes the things we fear are not real, nothing concrete.  (Unless its a snake) The things you fear should be evaluated often. Do not let those things consume you or hold you back.

Lastly FAITH

F forsaking

A all

I i

T trust

H him

The Him- God, the All- things that are not truth you should forsake.

These are random words that came to mind for that letter F on the A to Z challenge.

What are your thoughts on Faith and Fear?

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7 thoughts on “F is For, Fear, and Faith

  1. I fear nothing. Strange, but that’s the way I am. I think it’s because I see things with the mind of a child, always expecting the best. And that’s what I get.

  2. Fear and faith. The bible is replete with fearful men and women…it seems to be something that has been hardwired into our nature. Fear, I believe is a byproduct of our fallen nature. Rather than a reverential fear that flows from perfect love, the object of our fear is misplaced and the execution and form of our fear becomes hijacked and molded by guilt, shame, passivity, insecurities…etc. We fear people, things, and circumstances….How do we recover reverential fear? I love the Proverbs’ council on fear…”the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”…this informs us of the proper placement of fear…my question would be “well what does the fear look like? what does it entail? how is my life shaped and impacted by this fear?”. I also love the Jesus’ council on fear…”in this this life life you will have troubles/tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world”…..Jesus’ remedy to fear is to take heart. Prior to that statement he states that “the Father is with him” and he is “not alone”. The presence of the Father liberates, removes, and eradicates all counterfeit fear. The richness and beauty of a life that takes heart in Jesus…from that is birthed faith. Right Faith.

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