“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a strong mind for self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Fear shows up as a normal reaction to circumstances that contain potential dangers, but scriptures say, over and over, “Fear not.”
Stopping fear takes great effort. Without that effort, fear controls us. Worse, it stops us from giving our best selves to our sweethearts.
Hope, on the other hand, takes little effort to stop. And yet, it is extremely valuable. It’s the best gift we can give to our sweetheart when we see fear.
Let us remember that love is always our first priority. Our love for our beloved motivates us to give him/her reason to hope. Hope gives freedom for faith to grow.
Fear squashes faith. Hope builds faith. Faith conquers fear, because in Christ, victory over troubles is guaranteed (God turns everything into good — see Romans 8:28; God has plans for us, plans for good, not disaster — see Jeremiah 29:11). Faith conquers fear, because God has us in the palm of his hand (Isaiah 49:16), and he’s watching our back (Psalm 121:8).
This is why marriages thrive best when both husband and wife are alive in the Faith and when both desire a lifetime of spiritual growth. We help each other best by building up each other’s faith, giving each other the gift of hope during difficulties, and sharing the love of Christ with each other. And the greatest of these gifts is love (1 Corinthians 13:13), because from it everything else is possible.
- What do I fear today?
- What is my beloved fearing today?
Strengthen your relationship:
Tell each other the answer to the first question above, and give each other reason to hope in those situations. Then turn those reasons into a prayer, thanking God for his goodness. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the lie that fear has been telling and to increase in you both an awareness of the truth that conquers this fear.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries