Fear and sin

A beautiful article on grace versus fear.

daily meditation

face-113177_640Nehemiah 6:13: For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me.

Nehemiah was sure that his enemy’s tactics was to make him afraid, not just for the fun of it, but to get him to sin. He was supposed to be moved to panic and make errors of judgement that will compromise his leadership position. And when his leadership position is compromised his vision for building the wall of Jerusalem would suffer a setback and may even be stopped. The bible reveals that when the shepherd is struck (in the case of Nehemiah, with fear) and the sheep will scatter (Matthew 26:31).

When fear enters, the right sense of judgement goes out through the window. Fear is the worst motivation there is. It is the…

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