Be Not Afraid
Have you ever had a fear or a worry? As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by some) I believe that Jesus Christ has paid the infinite price to make it so we need not ever fear. He has suffered so that we do not have to suffer alone. Obviously we are human, so fear is something we will all have to face—but as we develop, grow and foster our relationship with Jesus Christ our fears will dissipate.
In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc., Gibbons shares, using scriptural backing, exactly why we need not fear.
Be Not Afraid
We are not alone. We are never alone. In our darkest hours andour deepest distresses we can go to Him and be “encircled about eternally in the arms of his love” (2 Nephi 1:15). He has promised to love us (1 John 2:5); to speak to us (D&C 8:2); to answer us (3 Nephi 14:7–8); to search for us when we wander (Ezekiel 34:11); to gather us (Luke 13:34); to wash us (Psalm 51:2, 7); to wash our garments in His blood (1 Nephi 12:10); to feed us (Ezekiel 34:13–15); to free us from captivity and prison (Isaiah 61:1); to give us peace (John 14:27); to give us rest (Matthew 11:28); to extend the arms of His mercy to us (Alma 5:33); and to bind us up when our hearts are broken (Isaiah 61:1).
He has also promised to lift our burdens (2 Nephi 19:4); to take our sicknesses (Alma 7:11); to heal us (3 Nephi 9:13); to save us (Isaiah 25:9); to deliver us (Psalm 71:2); to be our shield and our refuge (2 Samuel 22:3); to free us from the awful monsters, death and hell (2 Nephi 9:10, 19, 26); to be wounded and bruised and scourged for us (Isaiah 53:5); to prosper us (2 Nephi 1:9); to carry us (Isaiah 46:4); to take our infirmities (Alma 7:12); to carry our griefs and our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4); to be a hiding place for us (Psalm 119:114); to fight our battles (D&C 105:14); to comfort us (Isaiah 66:13); to succor us (Alma 7:12); to plead for us (D&C 45:3); to make intercession for us (Isaiah 53:12); to teach us (D&C 97:12–13); to suffer for us (D&C 19:16); to forgive us (Mosiah 26:30); to give us beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3); to be with us (D&C 38:7); to enlighten us (D&C 11:13); to invite us to His house (D&C 58:9); to make us holy (D&C 60:7), and to raise us up at the last day (John 6:40).
He has perfect awareness and empathy. He is love. His power is over all the earth. His goodness is great (Psalm 31:19), abundant (Exodus 34:6), supreme (Alma 12:32), marvelous (Alma 19:6), infinite (2 Nephi 24:10), and immediate (Mosiah 25:10). Nothing is too hard for Him. Therefore we can live without fear. More than eighty times the scriptures use some form of the phrase, “fear not.”
Even “if the billowing surge conspire against [us]; if fierce winds become [our] enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after [us]” (D&C 122:7), we have no need to be afraid. We can believe in Him and come to Him. We have a place to go. When there is nowhere else to go, we have a place to go. (pages 149-151)
I know and believe that Jesus Christ mastered every problem. He knows how to help us because He literally has gone through it already. He doesn’t fear what you are going through because He is infinitely experienced. I recently read a quote in a book titled The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister, where Callister quotes a Mormon apostle, Elder Orson F. Whitney, “Our little finite afflictions are but as a drop in the ocean, compared with the infinite and unspeakable agony borne by him for our sakes because we were not able o bear it for ourselves” (page 128). This quote makes me realize that He has an eternal view and I just need to trust Him.
We can surely trust in Jesus Christ. As Paul counseled, “cast not away therfore thy confidence” (Hebrews 10:35), be believing, and trust in God. I invite you to learn more about Jesus Christ by meeting with Mormon missionaries and reading the Book of Mormon with a prayerful heart.
This article was written by Ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.
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