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afraid2So many of us walk around in fear of what others think, do, or say behind our backs. We fear the unknown. We people please. We do our very best to do the next right thing always but for what? So people’s false perceptions can multiply overnight and become a cancer? Are you finding that you are constantly defending yourself against others accusations? The truth doesn’t need defending! The first question when these things come to pass should be this: What have I done and do I need to make amends? If you have honestly looked in the mirror and evaluated YOU first before jumping to conclusions and flying off the handle in defense and found YOURSELF lacking first, then absolutely make amends right away. It isn’t for you and even if it isn’t received by the other party, you KNOW that you have done all you could in asking for humble forgiveness. The rest is between them and the Lord.

Psalm 56:3-4 – When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4     In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?

afraid3Why are we so afraid? What are we afraid of? Who are we afraid of? Here is something I learned in the process of healing from past hurts: I am the problem. Me. Do I have a lot of work to do on myself? Absolutely all the time! Don’t we all? One other thing: My character is the only thing I have to carry me through life. It was once tarnished, ruined, dirty and stood for nothing. I do my best daily to not have my character called into question, but I don’t always get it right because I am disgustingly HUMAN and unapologetically me. However, I am NOT afraid. My trust is in God alone.

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afraid1To further your reading, consider this from:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

God will guide us and protect us. When people come against us, we must be willing to at least listen for clues that we might be the one who is standing in the way of our own blessings along the path. God is a better judge of what is right for us and what isn’t. Listen to HIS voice always, even in the areas where we want to ignore His influence.

Related Scriptures: Hebrews 13:6; Isaiah 45:13; Matthew 6:33