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This post was originally published on this site. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark How many times have you heard that fear is the opposite of faith?
Why is that? First we must define faith and fear to determine whether they are opposite each other or even in the same category. It is possible for the feeling of fear to lead to an action, but not always.
Faith is not the opposite of fear. Did you know you can be feeling fear and at the same time take action from a place of faith despite that feeling? I live in a mountainous area where hiking is common. Do you know what is also common?
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Wild animals. Imagine a bear is coming up your path during a hike. Would you likely experience fear? Of course you would!
Not necessarily! At that moment, fear is a natural response to danger, not the opposite of faith. And that fear is actually beneficial because it typically le you to get to safety, while yes, also trusting God to help and get us through it safely. Faith on the other hand must be coupled with wisdom. These emotions often occur in circumstances where we are not in danger in the same way we are if a bear came near us.
When we feel fear or anxiety in daily life, we often allow that emotion to control our reaction to it. This means that instead of choosing to respond in faith and trust, we choose a sinful action instead.
This might include worrying or avoiding something out of fear.
However, we must be careful in how we respond to these feelings. We must seek to respond with a faith-filled action that says we trust God despite our feelings. We can focus on His faithfulness and ability rather than meditate on the what-ifs that anxiety seeks to stir up. Fear and anxiety are not something we choose to feel, but we must be careful in how we respond to these feelings. Will we respond in a sinful way by worrying, or in a godly way by trusting God?
Fear is not the opposite of faith, and faith is not the opposite of fear. They cannot be opposites because fear is a feeling and faith is a choice and gift from God. Feeling fear does not necessarily mean you have no faith. By remembering fear is something we feel, we can choose a right response when we experience it.
Fear, not doubt, is the opposite for faith
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Thank you so much for the above explanation. Most people have always embarked on fearing than having in faith. I believe your article will be of help to many. Like Like.
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