In the original King James Version, the two words the New Testament records as repeated most often from the lips of Christ are, “Fear not.” (While other translations say, “do not fear,” the command is the same.)
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.
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.Luke 12:7
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 other countries Christians are actually being slaughtered for their faith.Christ knew what we would be called upon to face and how frightening it would be. Now is the time to cling to our faith ever more boldly.
The words, “Fear not” don’t only apply to world situations and possible persecution, however. They are even more important when dealing with personal anxieties and painful situations.When things seem to be spinning out of control and we see pain and loss coming into our lives, remembering God’s love and His promises can give us the courage and strength necessary to meet the challenges ahead.
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