When fear rules, our relationships will certainly fall apart. Is it possible to have fearless relationships?
Possibly the greatest fear in relationships is the fear of rejection. We wonder if our actions will cause others to reject us and walk away. We value the relationship but fear rejection and possibly the loss of that relationship.
Along with the fear of rejection comes the fear of retaliation, reproof, rebuke, or other fears. All of these have a negative impact on our relationships. But the Bible says “…perfect love casts out fear…” (1 John 4:18).
While Peter instructed his readers about relationships, he used Abraham and Sarah as examples. In the context of that discussion he said “do not fear anything that is frightening” (1 Peter 3:6).
Yes there are many fears that can get in between our relationships. But we need not fear the fearful things in our relationships.
Begin to identify each of the fears you face as you relate to people. Is it the fear of rejection, retaliation, reproof, rebuke, or another fear that you are dealing with? Recognize it for what it is – maybe not the reality, just a fear. Identify what type of fear it is, and face it.
Say to yourself: “No, I will not fear rejection.” Add other fears to this statement as it applies to you. In prayer, give that fear to God and ask him for his strength to face all you need to face. This will start you on a journey toward freedom from fear in your relationships. Then, “do not fear anything that is frightening” (1 Peter 3:6).
Yes, it’s possible: Fearless Relationships.
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