"Fear thou not"

In the forty-first chapter of Isaiah we find these words: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." We could hardly ask for a more comforting and tender assurance of God's loving care and presence than has been given us in these words; but in order to realize this presence and care, fear must be cast out and replaced by love, faith, and courage.

Paul tells us that "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Fear is a false belief of mortal mind that there exists a power apart from God, apart from Truth, Life, and Love. Fear has no real power, and its seeming results are delusions of the human mind. God is omnipotent, omnipresent Love, and the spiritual consciousness of Love is man's eternal heritage. As we claim this heritage and imbibe it in our consciousness, we lose the sense of fear.

The Apostle John tells us: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear. ... He that feareth is not made perfect in love." Students of Christian Science soon learn that sickness and discords of all kinds are the fruits of wrong thinking, and if they would be well and happy, they must guard their thinking against evil suggestions. Evil thoughts have only the power we give them, but good thoughts—spiritual ideas—are from God and are limitless. We are always thinking something, and thought is always producing some result; and the result will be like the thought. If thoughts of fear and doubt are allowed to enter into our consciousness and are entertained, they present many false claims, and so one cannot remain calm and undismayed. But if these thoughts and claims are immediately recognized as false and powerless, they can produce no inharmonious results.

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