We’ve all experienced fear, and we may be tempted to fear the evil in the world. When we read the headlines, we can easily get the impression that evil is winning. Evil is rampant, and unfortunately, evil will even present itself as good. We can still recognize evil for what it is because the truth will always line up with Jesus Christ. Evil can be deceptive, but we can avoid deception by knowing the truth—and we know the truth when we know Jesus. Scripture teaches that the One in us is far greater than the devil. Rest in that—do not fear!
1 John 4:1-6
Fear is, on some level, a reality all people experience. But the thing about fear is, for the most part, it’s irrational. We fear things that may never happen based on misunderstanding or misinformation. First John 4:18 teaches that love drives out fear, because fear is related to punishment, judgment, and destruction. The children of God will never experience eternal punishment, because Jesus took our sin. Therefore, we need not fear.
What’s currently causing you to experience fear? The bad thing, the “punishment,” you’re so worried about is in the ultimate sense a good thing. After all, God uses tough things in our lives to move us to a deeper love for Him.
- This week, confess your fears to God and ask Him help you experience this truth in a real way: “the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” When we love God with our whole hearts, trusting Him completely, He has a way of replacing fear with peace. Pray you can help students grow in experiencing God this way.
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