In Luke 12:4-7 Jesus speaks to his disciples, us, about fear.
Fear is a dominant negative emotion that controls behavior. When fear takes hold, we quickly go into fight or flight mode because we deem ourselves to be in imminent danger. As such, the object of our fear will necessitate our behavior.
Jesus commands us to not fear those who can kill the body. Admittedly our first-world fears may fall short of fearing for our bodies. We fear rejection, loneliness, failure, and not being loved. Whatever the case, Jesus commands us to not fear those who can take our bodies.
Satan can take the body, he cannot take the soul. In context, Jesus is telling his disciples to NOT FEAR those who can kill the body. Why? He knows that the disciples will be pressured to recant him for fear of losing their lives.
The propensity we have to fear must be fulfilled in fearing God. He alone has the power to cast soul and body into hell. Therefore, fear him!
Besides, if God loves the insignificant sparrows that chirp outside your window right now, will he not much more love you? If God loves us, are we not then secure? Yes, we are. Allow God’s love for you to be your security against those who threaten the body.
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