The opposite of fear, dare I say, is cheer.
Jesus speaks these comforting words over you believer when you are afraid. When it seems like you’ll never recover, when it sounds like it’ll never be over, when it feels like all hope is slipping out from under.
We can mistake our troubles a sign of poor decision — though we bowed our will to the Holy Spirit for direction. But how many times were followers of Jesus in the exact place to which they were sent, and yet, faced terrible conditions, more problems and confusion, pain, even peril?
In this sin-laden world, trouble keeps coming, but it’s not forever. Furthermore, until we’re gathered around the crystal sea, be of good cheer — Jesus is here! As saints we’re no longer children of despair. We advance by the words of our Savior who was raised — living wholly human and Holy Spirit again!
“My spirit soon sinks when I am sorely tried. But I must not give way to this feeling. When my Lord bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down.” – Charles Spurgeon