courage, faith, fear, hope, and beliefs

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Those who have faith do not avoid fear. They do not condemn fear. They recognize fear and the fruit of fear: courage.
Those who are afraid of fear do not have faith. Of course, anyone can use the word “faith,” just like anyone can use the word “tree.” However, those who have faith can be recognized through the courage of their spirit, even without the use of any words.
Fear is like a tree. The branches of the tree of fear include fright, terror, horror, despair, worry, hysteria, anxiety, angst, anger, panic, frustration, resentment, arrogance, jealousy, and paranoia. However, the fruit on every branch of the tree of fear ripens in to courage.
By the way, another word for courage is love. Again, I do not mean just the word “love,” but the spirit of love. That spirit has been said to dispel fear as in to dissolve fear. Love is powerful.
With a courageous love, one can endure with dignity and grace. Grace is also the fruit of faith.
When one experiences faith, one forgets beliefs– all of them. Beliefs are mere hopes. People may experience so much fear that they argue about beliefs or even develop in to rage when they feel that the fear under their beliefs may be exposed.
Respect beliefs and the fear behind them. Hopeful beliefs are perfect for those who experience a need to hide behind something to protect themselves from their fear, but there may come a time when hiding behind beliefs is no longer what is ripe for you. There may come a time for faith, for courage, for love, for grace.
31He told another parable to them and said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a grain of mustard seed which a man had taken and sown in his field. 32And this is the smallest of all seeds, but whenever it has grown, it is greatest of all small herbs and it becomes a tree so that a bird of the sky may come settle in its branches.”
http://aramaic-plain-english.scripturetext.com/matthew/13.htm

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10 Responses to “courage, faith, fear, hope, and beliefs”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Thanks for the acknowledgement.

  2. LoveDesignLife Says:

    Thank you for sharing my blog entry “Your Soul’s Mate”. I really appreciate you showing the love.

    Caroll
    http://lovedesignlife.wordpress.com/

  3. kalicharantuvij Says:

    There is, seemingly, a short journey from fear to faith. Can I call it as Earth sacrificing itself at the Altar (or, Cross) and creating away Heaven?

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Faith may be generally independent of fear. In the presence of faith, fear may or may not arise- like being startled or frightened. However, fear may tend to dissolve or dissipate corresponding to the “amount” of faith present. Faith may be wide open to allow for fear to arise and to completely “take the spotlight” and receive complete attention so that the “charge” of the fearing can quickly be “grounded” or “discharged.” One “possessed by faith” cannot be “possessed” by (a) fear. Also, this is not a linguistic attack on children or others who may experiencing being “gripped” by the tension of fear or terror. Faith in the presence of fear tends to produce courage.

      • kalicharantuvij Says:

        well, I read this as: fear** (or, more correctly, instinct) dissolving into faith and then faith creating it back as courage. Thus Heaven-Earth get united in the language, with courage getting born out of faith.

        ** “fear-greed” sounds like the duality of single concept “instinct”; whereas, your selection of “faith” sounds indeed better than any of its dual “love-hate”. This is my view.

  4. hodgepodge4thesoul Says:

    thank you so much for the write up-hope your readers get ministers to your readers as much as it ministered to me, when I read it. 🙂

  5. Jarred Yunan Says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Okay, I added 2 pictures that are largely irrelevant. Did you really mean what you wrote, or do you say that to all of the bloggers? 😉

  6. Lady Gwendolynn Says:

    Thank you for including my post in your related articles. I appreciate it. I also read your article and found it rather interesting. Definitely a good “Food for Thought” piece. 🙂

  7. travesaou Says:

    Thanks for including my post!

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