Fear is generally known to be an unpleasant emotion. But looking at it this day’s it has become a thing of motivation for most people.
When I was small my parents do take I and my brother to spend our holiday with a particular family.
During the family devotion they always ask us to pray for the country explaining how bad things are and how bad is still going to be in the next year’s to come. I remember the little me will be shivering on my seat wondering why God will bring us to this life to come and suffer.
( I think I should be about 7 or 8 years then)
The fear induced in me which is although not intentional made me have less confidence in God judging with the present circumstances and where they said we are still going.
Coming to spiritual aspect
So many times on this street of social media I see allot of ‘preachers’ who their anthem is always REPENT OR PERISH ( just like Jonah 😂)
But you see it’s actually true their is need for repentance and if their is no repentance their is intending doom.
But It seems they have forgotten that this word of God is a two edged sword.
I always love to sing a song with Joy in my heart which goes thus:
Oh! what grace that brought me to the fold.
Wondrous grace that brought me to the fold.
Yes! There is this gift for mankind that we call GRACE.
Have you forgotten that he loved us so much that even while we were yet sinner he chose to die for us?
He brought us into the kingdom by love, grace and mercy that he had for us and not with fear.
Let me share a little experience.
My 100 level first semester was filled with so much fear.
In futminna if you don’t know your stand you can just pack your bag and go home after your first week on campus with the way different people will be giving you different woe story of how stressful and hard it is for someone to have a good result .
Infact someone even went as far to show me his jotting note for a course and that he still had a bad grade in that course.
They will give you the percentage of students that got withdrawn that year and that they scaled through narrowly.
So back to my story, my 100 level first semester was filled with people instilling so much fear about the school.
So with much fear I read and prepare for my first test. The first test I was to write was physics ( phy 113). It was an e_test.
My hands were visibly shaking that I couldn’t concentrate on what I was doing, the thought of failing coupled with my poor performance in physics right from my secondary school days came recalling.
I kept thinking of how I was going to re-write the exam if I fail this one.
Well, long story short I had 16 out of 40 in that test. At the long run I had the poorest result so far amongst the other semester.
So, my question is this did that fear actually bring out the best in me? NO.
Fear is never a powerful motivator, never think you can get the best from a person when you instill fear in them.
Tell people of the amazing grace at the cross, tell them of the shepherds love for the sheep 🐑. Tell them about the prince of peace who is willing to give them peace from this chaos of life if they surrender to his outstretched arm.
The fear of hell can bring them but it might not keep them. Only the love of Christ can.
Grace, mercy and love brought me to the fold not fear.
Spread love ✔️✔️
Not fear ❌❌