“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
2 Corinthians 7:1
May you spend time today reflecting on growing in faithfulness to God. Working purposely toward holiness.
“Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out,”
The Bible calls us to repent of our sins. If we truly repent God will forgive our sins. However, repentance is more then asking for forgiveness, repentance is defined as being regretful or remorseful in a sincere manner.
We are living in the age of fear and we only have ourselves to blame. Everywhere we turn we are bombarded with fear. The movies and tv shows we watch. The books and stories we read. The news we consume are all creating a societal issue of fear.
While much of the fear based media we consume is fictional the feelings that it creates in us are real. When you feel anxiety or fear from a fictional horror story those feelings are as every bit as real as the fear based feelings that are derived from true events in life.
This past week nearly every major media outlet ran doomsday stories about climate change. The ongoing political battle between liberals and conservatives is often fought with fear based propaganda. We have chosen in this generation to allow fear to rule our society and to weaponize fear to achieve whatever ends we are trying to reach.
It is of little wonder so many people develop fear and anxiety disorders. The science is in on the fact that events that individuals have can impact them longterm psychologically. Think for example people who experience a traumatic event can develop PTSD.
We know fictional horror stories can create real anxiety and fear, so does it not logically follow that over exposures to fearful media can create long term and perhaps lifelong psychological disorders in individuals. Encountering doomsday news stories on a daily bases also will increase the rising fear and anxiety issues facing our generation.
The only way to counter this fear epidemic is to be mindful of the media you and your family consume. Parents do not allow your children to watch rated R horror movies. Be mindful of the news stories that you are consuming.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears.”
Psalms 34:4 CSB
““Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,” Colossians 3:12
A lot can be said about us based on how we treat others. Scripture calls Christians to a specific way of conduct. We are to be kind, humble, not rash or angry spirited, showing gentle patience.