Confidence in facing fear.
Many times I want to protect myself, stand up against someone, or protect myself from harm by expecting the worst. There are times in life where proactively protecting ourselves and speaking up is the only way to survive a situation or make something right. But other times, we can be confident that God is going to make things right, give us functional discernment, and look after us.
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19).
This gives me strength and confidence knowing that the God of the universe cares about what others do to me and that He has the final word. Let this verse remind you of how you can stand on the confidence of Christ when in the presence of an enemy:
“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:13-17)
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