“You see, God did not give us a cowardly spirit but a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit.” (II Timothy 1: 7, the Voice Translation)
We all seem to have things that make us afraid. We feel vulnerable or threatened, either by people and circumstances in our lives, or by concerns about the future and what it might hold. We may take the stance that this is just who we are and even that it is justified.
But we can listen to this message and realize that it tells us the Truth. We are being read our rights. We have the right to be free, and the power to know this and to live it. Fear is bondage. But it isn’t legitimate. It’s not a quality of God, of our Life. What God didn’t give us, we don’t need to hold on to or attempt to justify as natural and valid.
God didn’t give us cowardice. He gave us, instead, a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit. He gave us a sense of calm confidence, an awareness of Love, which antidotes fear.
And this isn’t about facing down fears with human bravery. It is about yielding to the power of divine Love with us and within us. We can release that fearful disposition that we may have come to accept. We are what God made us to be. Knowing this, fear dissolves and we are strengthened to progress, to live expansively, and to give freely and generously.
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