#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.
When you are a Christian , there is a calling to live and do what is right. God is pleased with us when we do the right things. There are many times in my life where I have done things that I knew were not the right choice. These are things where when you do them, they tear at your insides. When you do things that are not an appropriate choice for you at the time, it causes you to have fear. Whether it be fear of someone finding out, or fear of repercussions from the action.
To me this verse is stating that when you live a holy life, and one where you are making good choices, than you have no reason to fear. You feel peace and fulfilled. In our society, and in our world, we have set up rules or standards for people to live up to. Since the beginning of our country, we have set up rules based on Biblical teachings. We have rules because we need them to keep us on track. The same goes for me in my profession. I am a teacher, and I know that we need rules and expectations. These rules are not for continual punishment, but there are to support us as we grow in love. We realize as a class that not all of these expectations will be easy, but we do know that we will support one another as we head towards our goals. There is nothing worse than when I know a student has done something wrong. They hide from me, and avoid me. In my heart I know they have done something wrong, and there is nothing more that I want to do, than to hold them. You want to express to them that we are all growing and there is nothing they could do that would make me look down upon them. God is pleased with us when we respect authority.
The same goes for our relationship with God, and with all authorities in our life. If we are walking towards becoming more like the Lord, than we shall not live in fear. Only when we are doing things that we know to be wrong do we cower and hide. If we want to live a life where we don’t have to fear the repercussions of our actions, than we have to take more steps to look like Jesus. When we respect and obey the rules God has placed for us, God looks down in awe. There is nothing that we could do to separate us from his love. Rules aren’t made to strike fear, but to hold us to be accountable. When the expectation is to emulate Jesus, I would say that we all have a lot of work to do.
Kristin Johnson is a Teacher who lives in Fort Dodge, IA. She has taught overseas.