"And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God... And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her."
LUKE 1:30, 38 (KJV)
Fear not. The same words were expressed to the shepherds, when the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (LUKE 2:9)
Fear not. How often are we gripped with fears? How often does the unthinkable happen, causing sadness or disappointment, and yet life goes on? Somehow we recover courage and faith, time and time again. Through this process of life we are strengthened for the coming days of new challenges, learning to overcome our fears. Through this process we mature in spiritual wisdom and truth. We are awakened to the eternal treasures of our divine nature and the power of truth and love, which is expressed by giving and receiving kindness, forgiveness, friendship and encouragement.
The challenge of life is “To live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18). “To love thy neighbour as thyself.”(Romans 13:9)
Paul further expresses “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10) “Love” as an action creates the feelings of love and profound peace. The light casts out darkness. Let us strive for that kind of enlightenment which casts out the darkness of fears.
Charity, which is love in action, never fails, and so we are further encouraged to follow after charity and to desire spiritual gifts, for the benefit of all, decently and in an orderly manner. (I Corinthians 13 & 14)
When we conquer our fear of death, we will conquer our fear of life. This mortal shall put on immortality, and Death is swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to God which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. We are confident that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. (I Corinthians 15)
May the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and yours, always.
May God Bless you throughout the New Year with profound peace.
Let not your heart be afraid.
KNOW THAT GOD LOVES YOU.