Why are People so Afraid?

Why are people so afraid?  It is a very simple answer.  Most people these days are afraid because they choose to be.  (I said most, not all as I know there are certainly extenuating circumstances that can influence these things.)  People are afraid because with every cough, sneeze, and sniffle, they believe they have some life altering illness.  They flock to doctors’ offices with symptoms that this time last year they would have simply treated with at home remedies and over-the-counter medications.  People are afraid because they have bought in to the mass hysteria incited by a media that focuses on the negative.  If it weren’t the coronavirus, it would be something else.  Anytime you focus only on negative things, you will find yourself living in fear, worry, and dread.

People don’t like hearing they are responsible for their emotions.  However, Scripture clearly tells us that what we focus on will become what we are.  What is in our heart will be what comes out of our mouth (cf. Luke 6:45 ESV).  If you are constantly consuming negative, panic-inducing information, you will be panicked.  You will not think clearly.  You will feel the way you think.  You then will act in ways that you might not normally have behaved had you not focused your thinking in such a negative manner.

Believers are instructed not to focus on the negative.  Indeed, we are instructed in Philippians 4:8 (ESV) quite to the contrary:  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Why are people so afraid?  They choose to be.  They choose to think about things that are not true.  They choose to think about things that are not honorable.  They choose to think about things that are not just.  They choose to think about things that are not pure.  They choose to think about things that are not lovely.  They choose to think about things that are not commendable.  They choose to think about things that are not excellent.  They choose to think about things that are not worthy of praise.

So what are you thinking about?  What are you feeding your mind with?  What you think about will be how you feel and then how you behave.  It’s your choice!

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