Kevin’s Conversations: Do Not Fear …. or Should We?

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16 Responses

  1. Walking Dead Man says:

    You should be afraid. There are angry people forced to live in the streets through no fault of their own. They can’t get through to get the relief they need. Again, through no fault of their own. Many of these people are armed and will take what they need because they have no choice. Welcome to the wild west.

  2. Kevin H says:

    Walking Dead Man,

    Yet another consideration of potential trouble that should trigger our thinking. While I think that most who are angered by the lockdowns and have the potential to resort to violence are not going to end up homeless, we still need to be cognizant of and allow fear of potential violent situation to help inform and guide our thinking and action.

    Now, for those who do end up in financial straits, maybe they can just find a good handicapper to help them win big on sports once they return. 🙂

  3. Michael says:

    We weren’t ready for this crisis in any way and many are suffering because of it.
    My state is still processing unemployment applications from March…those folks have gone without funds since then.
    The full ramifications of this time will not be fully known, (but will be felt) for years to come.

  4. Kevin H says:

    Michael,

    Yes, we’re going to be feeling and won’t fully understand all the ramifications of this crisis for years to come. All the more reason so for us to not condemn our fearful feelings at this time, but rather acknowledge and be aware of them and not allow them to take us to harmful extremes while also using them to drive us toward prudent action.

  5. Kevin H says:

    Easier said then done.

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    Good stuff, Kev! Paul Tripp published a short devotion along these same lines a few weeks ago. I linked it somewhere here on PhxP at that time.

  7. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, CK. I missed that devotion by Tripp but will try to look it up.

  8. Em says:

    Living on the east side of the Cascades, we are being told to prepare for a migration of city folk. On the west side property prices are astronomical. Our old house over there is on the market for well over one million dollars. A majority of the buyers are from China…. We seem to be in te midst of “interesting times”. We fear city folk. 🙆

  9. JoelG says:

    I struggle with fear a lot. Even before the pandemic, fear and anxiety have dominated my life. Even the Christian faith has caused fear. Through counseling and reading I’m slowly learning to take those fears to God and tell Him about them rather than hiding and / or pretending not to be afraid. I am finding there is something comforting about telling Jesus my fears and anxiety’s. Even if Him. There is something about sharing our weakness and vulnerability with Him…

    “So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Thank you Kevin

  10. Kevin H says:

    Em,

    Yes, there are all kinds of different dynamics happening that are causing or will cause fear. There will be a lot of difficult situations to work through.

  11. Kevin H says:

    JoelG,

    Yes, take those fears and anxieties to the Lord. And know that you are not alone in them or condemned for them.

  12. Jerod says:

    Fear is an emotion based upon perception.

    So if we fear it is only what we perceive as fearful. Jesus wasn’t afraid, and he was led by the Spirit. So we should not perceive anything this world throws at us as fearful.

    We will be afraid, no doubt.
    When we walk in faith and faithfulness there is no room for our sight to perceive things as fearful.

    Tall words, I know.

  13. JoelG says:

    “Tall words, I know.“

    What you say is true Jered.

    “Perfect love casts out all fear”

    I love these words. But I can’t pretend to not be afraid sometimes. As you said, we will be afraid.

    I have found, in one of life’s great ironies, that admitting fears and doubts builds courage and faith.
    .

  14. JoelG says:

    Jerod, my apologies for the misspelling.

  15. bob1 says:

    It comforts me to realize that Jesus experienced every emotion we humans do — including fear.

  16. JoelG says:

    And what a great comfort, Bob1. What a great comfort…

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