Faith, hope, love and fear

In the devotional today (“Plow New Ground”), Bro. Ed Matthews wrote about the three Israelites King Nebuchadnezzar decided to incinerate in the fiery furnace (Daniel chapter 3). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to allow fear of the king to make them worship a golden image. Ed’s thought was this: “The driving force behind the command of the king was fear—fear of punishment.” 

Love destroys fear (1 John 4:18). If we love God and believe his word enough to obey it and store in our hearts the hope of eternity there is nothing to fear from the king or anyone else. Whenever we recoil from doing what is right because of some fear, it is because those three godly qualities are weakened by some unreasonable concern.

Faith, produced by the reading and studying of God’s word helps us to understand what is right and how to do it. Hope helps us to want to do what God wants because eternity matters more than this old world. Love throws fear away by placing God and Christ on the throne of our hearts. With strong faith, hope and love, there is no fear of anything in this world that can disturb our relationship with God. Without those three things, anything can.

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