God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
Kate chose this word before the news about the church massacre spread throughout the world. Do we need to be afraid when we go to worship or Bible study?
I think of the long history of this church in South Carolina; don’t you know those first worshipers had times when they feared for their lives because of their plans, their actions, their beliefs?
We live in a dangerous world where hate can launch a violent attack because of differences in race, belief, ethnicity, place of birth, place of worship. The list goes on and on.
The early Christians had reason to fear for their lives because of their beliefs. The leaders were beaten, put in chains, killed, used for sport in stadiums — on and on.
So how do we trust? How do we have a spirit of power and love and self-control? I have no easy answers.
I’ve learned through struggles, grief, doubt, and disappointments. Scripture repeats the sentiment over and over.
Today I thank God for
- unfailing love
- pursuing our hearts
- never giving up
- providing a haven of rest