Sorry I haven't posted in forever!!! Life has been busy!
I was reading an article the other day and it said something interesting about fear that caught my eye. I think the first thing that pops into my head when I hear the word fear is the quote from Harry Potter by Hermione Granger, "Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself."
Fear does so much for us. It can booth help us and deter us.
The Bible Dictionary, found in the LDS version of the King James Bible says this on fear,
"Care should be taken to distinguish between two different uses of this word. The “fear of the Lord” is frequently spoken of as part of man’s duty (Ps. 111:10; Eccl. 12:13; Isa. 11:2–3; Luke 1:50); it is also described as “godly fear” (Heb. 12:28). In such passages fear is equivalent to reverence, awe, worship, and is therefore an essential part of the attitude of mind in which we ought to stand toward the All-holy God. On the other hand fear is spoken of as something unworthy of a child of God, something that “perfect love casteth out” (1 Jn. 4:18). The first effect of Adam’s sin was that he was afraid (Gen. 3:10). Sin destroys that feeling of confidence God’s child should feel in a loving Father and produces instead a feeling of shame and guilt. Ever since the Fall God has been teaching men not to fear, but with penitence to ask forgiveness in full confidence of receiving it."
Fear is not of God. While it can be a powerful motivator, it must be in the correct sense and with direction.
FEAR OF GOD vs FEAR OF MAN
We cannot let fear keep us from doing what is right. We must be firm in our faith in Christ. Steadfast and sure, He will lead and guide us home.
I know personally how debilitating fear can be. BUT as we trust in God, He will help us break through the molds that hold us captive. He will set us free.