2 Timothy 1:7

So much of our world is absolutely drenched in fear and negativity. At every turn, we are inundated with news stories of the most heinous debauchery that humanity can possibly participate in. It would appear that we should hide away and allow ourselves to be cowered into despair.

For believers in Christ this should not be the case. We should not cower in the darkness and allow ourselves to be immobilized by fear.

2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”

This verse should encourage us to trust that Christ is with us, that we should not be afraid, and that we should live our lives as an example of his love. We should have a sound mind in that we do not let this world control us; we trust that God is in control. We should not fear. We should be strong in Christ.

When I consider what it means to have a sound mind, I consider what elements in our society that could negatively impact the soundness of our minds. Too much consumption of pessimistic news can negatively impact us.

Taking a break from social media and taking a break from watching the news are effective ways to refresh your mind.

I actually found a news site that only has positive news stories. I like to read it because it shows that the world is not all doom and gloom. There are actually good people in the world doing good things. I have included the link to Goodnews Network. The stories are inspiring.

This is God’s world and, of course, there are good people doing good things. We just need to focus our minds on this goodness. We need to be fearless and trust in God’s protection. As it says in 2 Timothy 2:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”

Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2022

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