Wednesday, September 9, 2009

School Essay: Fear


Whether young or old, rich or poor, strong or weak, everyone is afraid of something. The young man is afraid of not being popular. The old man fears death. The rich man is afraid of his money being stolen. The poor man fears the fact that he might not have enough food for the next day. The strong man is afraid of receiving an injury that will cripple him for the rest of his life. The weak man fears anything stronger that might try to hurt him.
Fear is an uneasiness of the mind and is caused by the apprehension of evil or danger, according to Webster’s dictionary. Fear is an emotion and can be caused by anything, depending on the person. Some people are so afraid of something, they go crazy every time they see or hear or feel it. This sort of fear is called a phobia.
Regular fear comes in three levels of intensity: fright, fear, dread, and then terror. Fright is the least intense, and terror is the most intense.
God does not want us to have our lives ruled by fear. He wants us to bring all our fears to Him. After we give our fears to God, we no longer have to fear the thing we were afraid of. All we have to do is remember that He is in control, and nothing can happen without allowing it. After we learn to bring our fears to God, we will have peace in every thing.

The word fear sometimes means “awe” or “respect”. This meaning is most commonly found in the Bible, and is used to describe how we should view God. This is illustrated in the verse, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).

When you fear God, you will find that you will have less time to be afraid of earthly things. Bears, spiders, thieves, old age, no matter what subject of your fear, it falls into its proper proportions. As godly fear increases, earthly fear decreases.

Learn to fear God, rather than man. Once you learn to follow this principal, you will be able to live life more fully, because you won’t be spending as much time being afraid.

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