If you have been struggling about how to have that talk with your son or daughter, Genesis 2:25 might just provide the encouragement to stop being ashamed and afraid, but instead to revel and rejoice in one of God’s greatest gifts to humankind.
We have very little control of anything in life. This brings great fear. So we try to control the fear by letting go of control. But this is simply another vain attempt to control. Just as we cannot control life, we cannot control control.
The only way out is to recognize that control is an illusion. We have no control. Life is a ride, and God is the builder of this ride, and Jesus is riding it with us, so we can just enjoy all the ups and downs of life.
My wife, Wendy, recently pointed out that the two things which seem to guide and control Christians are actually fear and guilt.
Do you struggle with fear and guilt? Do you even know that you struggle with it? Do you use it to control others? What sort of strategies have you found helpful in seeking to liberate yourself and others from fear and guilt?
The search terms that people use to find my blog are often heartbreaking. There is so much pain and loneliness in the world. As I write, I often pray for the people who will read the posts. As I watch these search terms come across my screen, and the tears roll down my cheeks, I pray for the people who are searching for truth, love, hope, and forgiveness, and I pray that they will find such things in Jesus.
I know that “there is no fear in love, for perfect love drives out fear” but is there “fear in faith”? Some might say that “If you believe in God and believe that God is love, then you won’t be afraid to do what He asks.” That sounds great, until God actually asks you to do something risky…
Running headlong into danger is an act of courage, but not the greatest act of courage. The greatest act of courage is found in forgiveness. This post is my contribution to the June 2013 Synchroblog. Several bloggers are writing about everyday ordinary courage.
Jesus did not mind it when His disciples doubted Him. He loved them anyway and called them to serve others. He knew that if they followed Him, they could learn about Him while they were in the midst of loving and serving others. If you doubt, do not fear. Jesus loves you and wants to walk with you in loving others.
As I learn to follow Jesus into new and exciting territory, I find Him leading me into dark and dangerous places, full of doubt and uncertainty. At first, this scared me. But now I am beginning to look forward to each new turn, each new horizon.
I recently found a poem, called When I Became a Christian by Adrian Plass, which shares the faith and fear of following Jesus. This is how I often feel in life. Does this express your feelings in following Jesus?
If you are facing a crisis in your life, or know someone who is, here is some advice for both situations. It is often hard to know what to do or say in these difficult times, but there are a few things we can make sure we don’t do and don’t say.