Wednesday Word 9.20.2017

2 Corinthians 3:7-12 New International Version 

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

People who are bold are thought to be fearless.  The bold are daring and confident in their actions and in their motives.  The bold are not easily swayed.  Being fearless is a pretty tall order. Internet rumor has it that the Bible says “fear not” or “do not be afraid” in some form or fashion 365 times.  Others dispute that and say it is more like 100 or 120 times.  I guess it depends on the translation you are reading.  I have never counted, but I know that many of the passages that have moved me and made a difference in my way of thinking plainly say I should not be afraid.

Fear is one of the strongest driving forces in our lives.  I don’t think of myself as fearful until I really take a closer look at my actual behavior.  In recent years, I have become anxious regarding declining physical capabilities.  I make decisions based on whether or not my new knees can handle a given situation.  I guess that I am more afraid of being a pain than having pain!  No one wants to be a drag! I seem to have nagging little fears regarding the safety of my loved ones that I must constantly work to dispel.  Although I claim the love of my Savior for my own, I can still be anything but bold when it comes to those I love.

Living the Kingdom life isn’t just an expression to banter about. We must learn to adjust our thinking and our actions because of our faith.  We must allow our experience of God to change our lives and not hang on to old habits. We can now be bold because we know to whom we belong.  Fear has no place in God’s kingdom. 1 John 4:18 tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” It is almost like we hear with our hearts, but fear with our heads.  We need to hear God’s promise of that perfect love that will drive out our fears with our hearts and our heads, and put that Blessed Assurance into action.  We have that promise of hope.  We should be bold…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki