- Joe Norton
Not a Spirit of Fear (10/2/2022)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
In scripture, the word “fear” is always used positively when it refers to our fear of God; but when it is used negatively, it refers to our feelings of hesitation when we are confronted with making a decision or having a biblical discussion that may bring a negative reaction from others. In this verse, it refers to the latter situation.
Paul advises this young preacher that he should not hesitate to stand up for what is right when it comes to matters relating to the gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, some do hesitate when an opportunity to share a precept from the gospel message presents itself.
The apostle says, “Don’t have this spirit of fear.” Perhaps it is a feeling of being shunned or ridiculed—even persecuted—or perhaps it is a feeling of inadequacy; but regardless, we must share what we know for the spiritual benefit of others and not let fear hold us back.
For our benefit, we have the power of the gospel, the love of God, and a sound mind that God has given to guide us in such situations, always being discreet in the use of our words and manifesting a spirit of love.