- A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
- A specific instance of or propensity for such a feeling;
- Concern or anxiety; solicitude
- Reverential awe, especially toward God
- Something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of
- Anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur
- To regard with fear; be afraid of
- To have reverential awe of
- To consider or anticipate (something unpleasant) with a feeling of dread or alarm
- To experience fear in (oneself)
Verb (used without object)
- To have fear; be afraid
- To feel apprehensive or uneasy (usually followed by for)
- For fear of / that, in order to prevent or avoid the risk of
- Put the fear of God in / into, to cause to be greatly afraid
14 separate definitions? Fear is a liar…
I have allowed my anxiety and fears to be masked as false humility. My pride and arrogance may not reveal itself in typical fashion, but as I put my “humility” on display, deflecting praise and putting on a front that I have everything under control, all I am really doing is creating MORE anxiety and MORE fear because not only do people now have the wrong impression of me, I can’t possibly go back and ask for help now… I just told them how great things are…
I have played this part so well that I have forgotten how to be real without fear… fear of judgment, fear of looking stupid, fear of being wrong, fear of not being good enough, fear of being “found out,” and fear of failing, fear of the world as I ultimately seek the approval of this world.
- How many times have you NOT said something because you were afraid of the backlash?
- How many time have you NOT taken action to serve, protect, inspire, show grace, show mercy, show love to someone right in front of you?
- How many times have you NOT said you were sorry because you had to be right and you did not want to let the other person win? How is that relationship doing?
Fear is a liar… except for 1 definition…
The 4th definition – Reverential awe, especially toward God – is the only TRUTH in this world of fear.
Even though I struggle with the fears and anxiety described above, it is also true that I find my peace in Him. When I remember to stay focused on Him and when I remember who I belong to, who defines me, who gives me strength, who makes me whole, who equips me, who is right there with me walking through all of my junk and my victories with me, I am able to persevere and keep moving forward.
- How many times HAVE you spoken the truth in love to someone who offended you?
- How many times HAVE you taken action to serve, protect, inspire, show grace, show mercy, show love to someone right in front of you?
- How many times HAVE you said you were sorry because you valued the relationship more than you valued being right? How is THAT relationship doing?
Fear is a liar… Whether it is like me, as I pursue my identity in Christ or you choose a different path, I think it is ok to say, that no matter what, we are NOT supposed to live in fear… find your peace.