The true disciples of Jesus Christ, when they are fully trained, become fearless because He was fearless (Luke 6:40). Here are some verses which help us to meditate on the fearlessness that Christ practiced and that He commands [emphasis, and occasionally comments, added]:
Matthew 25:24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
Matthew 25:25 ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
Matthew 25:26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
Matthew 25:27 ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.
Matthew 25:28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
Note that the master in this parable does not see the servant’s fear as a reasonable excuse but rather as part and parcel of the failure.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Note that Paul is making no allowance for fear whatsoever: “Be anxious FOR NOTHING…” That doesn’t leave any room for any fear. That’s being fearless.
1 Peter 3:5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands;
1 Peter 3:6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.
Peter makes no allowance for fear. He wants to see it all driven away, as you will see again in 1 Peter 5:7 (that is, later in this same letter). Peter was one who ought to know the negative effects of fear as it caused him to sink when he was walking on water (Matthew 14:28-30) and to deny Jesus the night before He was crucified (Matthew 26:33-35, 69-75). Knowing the debilitating effects of fear, Peter wanted those he taught to learn from his mistakes and avoid it.
1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Notice that it’s not some of our anxiety that we can and should cast upon Him, but rather all of it.
1 John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
The presence of fear anywhere in our hearts is a sign that love has not yet taken dominion. Let us let His love displace all fear within us.
Revelation 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Cowardice and unbelief go hand in hand. A believer, by contrast, should be courageous.
Other virtues of Christ, such as courage and zeal, are listed in this post.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)