Monday, October 22, 2012
''For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.'' 2 Timothy 1;7
I have said before that we should all realize that we were made by God for God. So when I read this caption it made me consider, 'Am I doing what I was built for?' Or am I playing it safe with no real impact in other's lives?
We can consider our use of spiritual gifts. Whatever yours may be.. if you don't use it, it will decay. The more we use it, the better we will become at it. We can't let our fear of failure drive our intended purposes away.
We can also consider our ways in which we spread the gospel. Yes, I am on the shy side in person with strangers but my boldness comes out behind the keyboard. We don't all have to share in the same way but it is important to share your faith in some way.
What shall we fear with God on our side? Embarrassment or looking foolish is probably at the center of it but it all boils down to pride. Be a bold witness without getting on a soapbox.
From Matthew Henry commentary, 'God hath delivered us from the spirit of fear, and hath given us the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. The spirit of power, or of courage and resolution to encounter difficulties and dangers;--the spirit of love to God, which will carry us through the opposition we may meet with..........the spirit of love to God will set us above the fear of man, and all the hurt that a man can do us;--and the spirit of a sound mind, or quietness of mind, a peaceable enjoyment of ourselves, for we are oftentimes discouraged in our way and work by the creatures of our own fancy and imagination, which a sober, solid, thinking mind would obviate, and would easily answer.'