The Fear Of People Is A Trap

Living in fear is a trap.

Jesus confronts this trap with a commandment in Matthew chapter twenty-two. Some of the Pharisees ask Jesus which commandment is the greatest. He answered them:fear-of-people-is-a-trap-photo-of-love-your-neighbor-hat

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’” (Matthew 22:37-40).

These verses show us the purpose for our lives.

fear-of-people-is-a-trap-photo-of-hands-painted-as-a-heartWe were created to love God and to love people.  God is our Heavenly Father and He wants us to live in the fullness of His love and love Him in return. He also wants us to show and give that love to everyone else.

We know that because of God’s love we’ve been given an amazing, life-changing salvation. By faith through grace is how we received that salvation. We didn’t have to work to earn it and we can’t lose it. It’s part of our calling in life is to tell other people about this salvation. The only thing holding us back is fear.

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The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted,”  (Proverbs 29:25)

Many times we fear what people might think about us if we start telling them about Jesus. We’re afraid of getting awkward looks in the grocery store if we stop to pray for a sick person. We don’t want our coworkers to think that we are a fanatic. Our fear of other people’s opinions traps us.

However, when we are afraid, we don’t just trap ourselves, we allow others to be, or remain, ensnared as well.

fear-of-people-is-a-trap-photo-of-crowdWhile we are held back in fear, they go on living without knowing that God loves them as much as He loves us.

We don’t realize that the people whose opinion we fear could be living in misery and we have exactly what they need. The love of God has the power to pull them out of their depression, pain, or anger. We simply need to step out of our fear, and we can because God’s love lives inside of us.

When we take advantage of the opportunity to tell someone about the love of God we open the door to one of the greatest experiences in life: praying with someone to receive salvation. It’s the best decision they will ever make and we get to be part of it. It’s an awesome blessing.

Next time we have one of these opportunities and fear tries to rise up in us let’s remember King David’s words in Psalm 56:

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).

1 thought on “The Fear Of People Is A Trap

  1. It’s these teachings that give me strength in my Christian walk. I love the way our pastor teaches. It’s like hearing one of the greatest pastors of all time and we get to hear him every Wed and Sunday!!

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