There were many times when Jesus told His disciples not to fear or be afraid. That message of Christ was not only for His disciples in those days, but also for every disciple in the future. God tells us not to be afraid, even when we are persecuted for our faith. It is possible to not act and react in fear through God’s strength and mercy. Early in his life, when he was known as Saul, Paul was a chief persecutor of the early Church. He truly thought he was doing God’s work, but when he encountered Jesus Christ, everything changed. From his New Testament writings, it seems that Paul struggled with guilt. Guilt can be a healthy part of our conscience, and a tool used by God to show us the truth about our actions. However, there is also an unhealthy side to guilt. The enemy would like to consistently plague us with guilt, have us deem ourselves unforgivable and worthless. This thinking would have us reject the power of God to forgive us. It is dangerous to our spiritual health and mission when we allow our minds to think purely in human terms.
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