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Giving in to our fears and anxieties is another way in which we keep God at arm’s length, albeit unintentionally. Most Christians do not consider their worrisomeness a hindrance to God’s transformative work in their lives, but they should. Fear can be paralyzing, especially in the face of spiritual challenges.

The apostle John characterized fear as a symptom of God’s love unembraced. (1 John 4:18) Those who live fully in the love of Christ have nothing to fear from this world – or the next. The apostle Paul echoed John’s sentiments, exhorting us to bring our fears and anxieties to God – not let them keep us from Him. (Philippians 4:6-7)

For non-believers, succumbing to fear reflects self-doubt. For believers, however, it can indicate a lack of faith in God’s absolute power, providence, and goodness. In the words of Jesus, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27)

Scripture:  1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.