“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Overcoming fear sounds great to almost everybody but in practice overcoming fear is much more difficult done then said. As a result many people read 2 Timothy 1:7 and quietly repent as they carry fear with them.
Fear as being described in 2 Timothy 1:7 does not mean a reckless abandonment of your reason concerning fear. The verse is describing the spiritual condition of believers in a fallen world. Fear should not keep you from living the life of faith.
Notice the positive attributes this verse describes as being from God and given to the believers.
Sound judgment means Christians have the spiritual tools necessary to discern right from wrong. The gift of power comes from the Holy Spirit along with the gift to love. Without God working in us we as Christians do not possess the ability to love others the way that God would have us to love others.
The next time you read this verse remember the fear you face in life can be overcome through the attributes that God has gifted us with through the Holy Spirit!