Fear

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.—PSALMS.

Few of us yet realize what a glorious state this is—to fear no evil. No man, whether he be Christian or atheist, will deny that fear enslaves, and that its conquest gives happiness and freedom. Could we dethrone fear permanently, and place courage in its stead, a great step toward the ideal life would be taken. By "courage" is meant that mental quality in its highest significance, that state of mind which comes with the realization, not of the mortal sense of strength, but of that divine power which is ever near,—"for thou art with me,"—and what degree of mere animal courage can approach that which comes to us with the knowledge that the unlimited source of all power is available to us. Then why should we fear, and what is fear?

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