27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 NIV
The two words the New Testament records as repeated most often from the lips of Jesus are, “Fear not.” In the Hebrew language emphasis was made by repetition. The fact that Jesus said these words so often lets us know how important they are, especially for us today.
While modern Christians in the West have long feared the world’s ridicule and mockery, our persecution has moved beyond lack of respect and become fear of loss of our freedoms. In many countries Christians are being slaughtered for their faith.
Christ knew what we would be called upon to face and how frightening it would be. Since we have much to fear, now is the time to cling to our faith ever more boldly.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)