Some may think that faith is silly, but a great majority of the population holds itself to religious beliefs in things we cannot see. Christians in particular believe in the coming of a Savior who gave his life so that we might find a pathway to repentance and forgiveness, a pathway to a brighter more joyful future. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) are no different, and our faith in Christ gives us purpose and direction. The gospel of Christ is a gospel of love, and love gives us reason to move forward. Without faith, the world would be a dreadful place with much to fear.
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
We can overcome our fear when we are “made perfect in love”, which is to have faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is more than just the opposite of fear, it is the conquerer of fear. We all have times where we feel afraid, typically when we face a seemingly impossible task or are troubled by the unknown. But through Christ we can accomplish anything and all can become known. To have faith is to have trust- we put our lives in the hands of Christ and trust that He will lead us aright.
The world can be very frightening. We come into the world small and vulnerable, and even if raised by the most caring families we eventually become exposed to hardships that bring us pain and suffering. There are dangers around every turn, but we can overcome them. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” Luke 1:37. We can see many examples of God’s strength in scriptures and all around us. In the Bible there are many stories of seemingly impossible things being accomplished like the fall of the walls around Jericho, or David besting Goliath. Isaiah and his wife were able to bear a child in their old age, and a virgin gave birth to our Savior.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I turn to another testament of Christ- a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. In this book, there are many tales of a warring people known as the Nephites and Lamanites, and it was always through faith in Christ that His people overcame insurmountable odds. When liberty, homes, families, and lives were on the line and these people were far outnumbered by their enemies, they turned to Christ and the prophets for inspiration. In one of the many examples, the Nephites were able to free their captive brethren and reclaim their city without a single casualty on either side. In another, the leader of a small band of 2000 young warriors faced a far larger army and none of his boys were harmed. In yet another, the Nephites were inspired to create armor for the protection of their bodies and were able to overcome an army at least twice their number.
The scriptures tell us that if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed, we will be able to move mountains. Examples of amazing accomplishments through faith continue to be seen in the world today. Faith gives us hope. It looks forward to the glorious possibilities of the future, clinging to that small percentage of chance for greatness instead of dwelling on the past or the wide road of failue. Faith is optimism. It is seeing the brightness of the sun in even our darkest hours.
Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He loves us, and through Him all things will be for our good. We can acheive the impossible, because Christ overcame it all. He knows us intimately- our trials, our suffering, and He has shown us the way to a brighter future. Overcoming fear with faith in Jesus Christ, we can move forward with a perfect brightness of hope. We need not fear, when we put our trust in the arm of Christ who strengthens us.