You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at you command
– from the song, “Get Together” by the Youngbloods
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
– 2 Timothy 1:7
It’s been a learning week. I led you through a dark tunnel where I succumbed to my fears and intimidations. I forgot who I was for a while. I didn’t listen to the Lord. I knew better, but still I had to experience what I was feeling, so I wrote about it and hit “SEND” before I gave myself a chance to find a way out.
It’s important to know that this happens to all of us even when we know better. There are plenty of instances of Paul and the apostles not paying attention to their own words, even as they wrote the Scriptures. Imagine having someone quote scripture to you, because you needed to hear it, and realizing you were the one who wrote it! I’m sure it happened. The letters of Paul, Peter, James and John were used as Scripture even as they were writing them and sending them around to all the churches. As Peter wrote, “just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:15-16). Peter is clearly putting Paul’s letters on par with “the rest of the Scriptures.” Anyone who gives advice is going to have to learn to receive it as well.
Yes, we hold the key to love and fear in our trembling hands, and we can unlock either one at will. Haven’t you ever become aware that you have been unconsciously unlocking fear in your life for a while, and it’s time to stop it? That was me this week. Instead, you can unlock love, power and a sound mind. It’s at your command. It’s your choice. If you’re wallowing in fear, whose fault is that? We really don’t have anyone or anything that we can blame. This is bad news for our fear and our excuses; good news for us, should we choose to act on it!