In Romans St. Paul tells us that we are not “under law but under grace” (6:14). Jesus’ death has saved us from our sins, he has saved us from ourselves. And so we are free to live in grace. But do we live in grace? Or do we live in fear, worry, anxiety and stress?
I live in fear too often. I may have good cause, based on past experience, and if I listed those experiences here you might even agree with me that my fear is justified. But it isn’t. Not if I am a person of faith. I’m not suggesting there can never be moments, after all, I am human. However, when the fear takes over and I forget that I walk under grace, that is forgetting what Jesus has done for me.
I’m not speaking of the fear you have when someone is very sick or has been in an accident. I’m speaking of the fear that whispers “don’t do it; you’ll look foolish; you might fail; it could hurt.” Those whispers come not from God but from the evil one. It is that fear that keeps me from being who God is calling me to be.
How do I rid myself of that fear? Prayer, reading scripture and remembering these verses:
What verse helps drive out your fear?