To me, fear is one of the worst emotions a person can let get ahold of them. And I don’t mean that it is wrong to feel afraid, there is a difference between feeling afraid and actually letting fear control your mind and actions. It is not even the same as experiencing anxiety & its symptoms, although it can be mistaken as that. Anxiety usually paralyzes you, or makes you “faint” in or with fear. The kind of fear I’m talking about right now, is fear that motivates a person to act, taking over your mind and pushing aside logic, causing one to make decisions that to others, make literally no sense.
Letting fear control you, destroys you from the inside out. If you’re a Christian, you probably understand this already as its mentioned so often (365 times I believe) in the Bible.
Fear doesn’t always look the way you’d expect it to look. I’ve seen people who are afraid, that unless you knew psychology & the way the inner-mind and motivations work, you’d think they were doing fine – brave even – since they were still in action. But the Truth is in a person’s actions, you can tell when someone is afraid of being replaced, threatenend in their position, afraid of being found out, all by the basic way they act.
It is extremely sad to watch someone who was once so loving, supportive and “normal” turn into someone who feels threatened at every turn, threatened by someone who might seem better than them, threatened by different opinions, and never at peace for long, if at all, they have to remain in control. I’ve seen a person try to destroy those who were most loyal to them, because of a deep-seated fear that they were smarter, or better in some way.
There was once an ancient king who lived at time when Jerusalem was ruled by Rome. This king, who even endeavored to kill the Jews’ Messiah and “correct” the prophecy, killed his wife and 3 of his sons all in fear of basic disloyalty, fear of losing his throne. King Henry VIII, driven by the fear of not having his own male successor, also gave in to maddening fear that caused him to kill the women he loved & married, a succession of them! Fear of loss of control can cause you to hurt the ones you love the most – the ones who care for you the most.
The effects of a life run by fear are devastating – watching & learning these lessons have forever changed the way I think and act.
Just some food for thought, on an early Monday morning. 😉
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia[a] and Seba in your place.
4 Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.” Isaiah 43:1b-4
God has made my life a testimony to this passage.
Every word is true.