Fear is spiritual curare. It paralyzes us, so that what was really harmless overtakes us and makes us captive, steals our life.
There are many things which cloud our vision, whisper doubt and negativity in our ear, feeding our fear.
Stealing our courage, the vessel that carries us from this life over to the other side.
Chesterton said it this way;
“Take the case of courage. No quality has ever so much addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. ‘He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,’ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if we will risk it on the precipice.
He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine. No philosopher, I fancy, has ever expressed this romantic riddle with adequate lucidity, and I certainly have not done so. But Christianity has done more: it has marked the limits of it in the awful graves of the suicide and the hero, showing the distance between him who dies for the sake of living and him who dies for the sake of dying.”
Revelation 21:8 lists those who will not enter heaven;
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Generally, when I make a list I put the most important things first.
Those mentioned first in Jesus’ list are the cowardly, or fearful. Those who cling to life. He also said somewhere else, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Cowards want to save their life, at all costs.
I think Chesterton very clearly frames up exactly what Jesus was saying.
There really is no distinction between sins, for sin is sin. But Jesus singles out cowards as the first of those who won’t enter paradise.
I think that is simply because they don’t have the faith to reach out and take hold of the Life that is freely offered.
The last week has been a very tough one, fear has been breathing down my neck, hot on my trail.
So the first, most fierce battle we all face is vanquishing fear due to unbelief. And you can’t do that all alone. You must reach out to those around you, to the good friends that God has given you.
Confess your sins to one another, and step into the Light.
Thank you to all my friends…
- It takes Courage to follow Jesus (zionistoutrage.com)
- Be Strong and Courageous! (1safeharborisjesus.wordpress.com)
- What is Courage? (goodnewsnow.wordpress.com)