I looked at Facebook and saw some scary political/world issues when I first woke up. Scrolling through social media first thing in the morning is never a great idea.
In my morning quiet time, when I was just sitting in sacred silence, fearful thoughts arose. I started spiraling a little with fear and worry. I caught myself and recognized the feeling. I decided to just observe it. I tried not to fight it but also not allow myself to be stuck in fear.
I have a tendency to either shut down and pretend it isn’t there, which always comes back to haunt me or to get stuck in thoughts that loop and leave me paralyzed by fear.
In this sacred silence, I allowed myself to be curious and let the fear pass by.
God gently spoke to my heart, “I have not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
We live in a turbulent time. There is a lot of polarity and unrest. The reason we can’t see each others hearts and truly listen to those we don’t agree with is understandable fear. The enemy wants to keep us afraid of differences. “Divide and conquer.”
When we grasp that we hold power inside of us given to us by the God of the universe, we don’t have to be afraid. We can love those who are different than us. We can actually fully hear out those who think differently than us without fear and the feelings of desperation to change their minds or shut them up. We can be willing to listen to understand hearts not just listen to respond.
You probably will find that you have a lot more in common than you thought.
I’m not saying you have to agree, but you can see their light and their goodness and reach each other’s hearts.
God says, He gives us sound minds. We can’t be swayed or drawn astray by seeing the heart and essence behind what someone else is saying. Especially when we have the fruits of the spirit to check ourselves with, like I mentioned in my last blog.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
You can disagree with someone, but be unified in love.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).
One of my dearest friends, is on the opposite spectrum of thought than me, in so many big regards. However, this beautiful soul has taught me by example what it means to see hearts and not politics. Out of all my friends, I am drawn most to her because of her loving and caring essence. We trust each other’s hearts and find ourselves reaching across the aisle in understanding. It’s truly a beautiful friendship.
Love always wins.
There is a reason we are attacked with the spirit of fear. We are powerful. We are love. We have clear minds. The enemy is afraid of our healing. As we heal, walls of division break down. We become unified in love.
The God in us, is so much bigger and more powerful than any enemy we are afraid of. “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Love is the answer, friends.
Ps. God is love (1 John 4:16).