2 Timothy 1: No Fear
Well, we are pressing on to another book of the Bible. In 2 Timothy 1, Paul reminds Timothy that the life of a Christian is not a life that is characterized by fear.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
There are three things that Paul mentions belong to a Christian in the place of the spirit of fear. Power is rather obvious. We have the power of God working through us, so why would we be afraid of anything? God is greater than whatever we might be facing.
However, we also have experience of love. People seem to fear things that they don’t like. As a kind of ridiculous example from my own life, I have never liked needles, so when I was young, I was afraid of them. However, when we move that to people, maybe we are afraid of people because we are intimidated or something like that, but when we recognize that we are called to love people, that fear is simply not necessary either.
Finally, having a sound mind drives away fear. Many of our fears are not logical. We might be afraid of something funny like the dark, but when we think about it logically, there is really not much to worry about. After all, when you are in your bedroom at home in the dark, it is not as if there is all of a sudden something terrifying in your bedroom. It is still your bedroom. That type of sound mind that ought to characterize the Christian helps drive away fear as well.
Overall, there is a lot of fear out there, and the Christian life simply does not need it. God is with us, so what could possibly stand against us?