Do not be frightened: Philippians 1:282
I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.
- from Philippians 1:27-28
Paul wanted his friends in Philippi to not be frightened by those who opposed them. This seems a bit of a tall order, given that their opposition had political, social, economic and military power behind them. Why did Paul want his friends to not be frightened?
Paul knew something about fear. Fear drives us to foolish action. When we're afraid, we don't love very well. Fear often drives us to be reactive rather than thoughtfully responsive, on edge rather than drawing from a deep center in Christ.
We are called to act out of faith, hope and love ... not out of fear.
Where do you need to experience freedom from fear so that you can be free to live out of faith, hope and love? How do you think that kind of freedom happens?
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