Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope: The Fear of the Other

Series: Unafraid

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | By Gary Holmes


Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope

The Fear of the Other

There is a fear mechanism that is important for the safety of our lives. When we are threatened we have a fight or flight response that keeps us safe. Rev. Hamilton notes, “The challenge is that our senses are a bit hyperactive and coupled with our imagination, the media and often the fear-mongering in politics, we can find ourselves ready to flee, or fight, when there is not really a threat.” For example, we can fear those who are different than us, or those we don’t know. Jesus has a word for us. It begins with getting to know him and his word for us. And the word is summed up in...get ready for this...love.

Blessings,
Gary Holmes

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Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Psalm 27:1, Psalm 27:14, Matthew 5:43-44, 1 John 4:18-19

Psalm 27:1

1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (KJV)

Psalm 27:14

14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (KJV)

Matthew 5:43-44

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (KJV)

1 John 4:18-19

18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19We love him, because he first loved us. (KJV)



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