What can we learn from Peter, Paul, and Confucius about overcoming fears in this challenging time?From Peter, we learned the shortest and most effective prayer, "Lord, save me!" Mat 14:30. Jesus did everything for Peter and Peter just rested on Jesus.
For Paul, Jesus did not give him too many miracles. Paul had to go through the challenges of shipwrecks, beatings, imprisonments, escaping, etc, and coming out of them victoriously. He had the calmness and the wisdom to plan and act rightly. His advice for the young and timid Timothy was to remind him of what they had received from the Lord. Under fears, we easily forget what we have. The key verse is 2 Tim 1:7.
(NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
(ESV) for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
(GW) God didn't give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.
(ISV) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but one of power, love, and self-discipline.
The 3 keys are:
- G4995 sōphronismos which got translated as:
discipline, self-control, sound mind, and good judgment.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (Jn. 14:27).