Have you felt the paralysis? The blank of mind that causes even simple things like holding a conversation to seem foreign? The world seems to revolve around that one dreaded thing. Nothing seems possible.
Fear. It’s the perfect way to distract us from God’s will. How can we love others when we can’t even function due to this inner battle?
We are isolated.
Yet, God uses those moments of weakness to show His strength. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) That verse is so true! God comes close and does not judge us for those feelings of fear. Instead He comforts, loves, protects, and is simply present. He wants us to live a life of freedom, and condemnation and judgment do not foster that. Truly, in those hard times God becomes all we need.
In my personal experience, the fact that God came close gave strength to press on, but there was still not a lot of enjoyment in life. God comes close and defends us in our weakness but we were made for relationship and without connection to the Body we cannot defeat fear. Fear’s strength is in making us feel isolated. Spending time with members of the Body of Christ who showed me love helped a whole lot. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18)
Accepting someone where they are in life is key to loving them. Each person is so much more than their battles, opinions, or accomplishments.
See, love lowers defenses and shatters facades. It brings us back to reality and reminds us of the grace we are under as Christ-followers. To someone who does not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, it would surely raise curiosity.
Lives are revived by love. All of a sudden we realize we are not alone.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
God put safeguards into place for when we deal with fear. It is not an abnormal thing; you are not alone. The Enemy can use it as weapon to paralyze us. Everyone will experience fear in their lives to some extent because it is a normal emotion. At the end of the day, how we deal with that fear is what matters.