President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said in a speech to the American people during one of the darkest days in this country's history —
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
We are living in some dark days in America and the world right now. Where are the bold, calming and optimistic voices of reason? Where are the voices of elected leaders on the issues that concern us all?
In many ways, the silence has only added to the fear—fear of outsiders, fear of terrorists, fear of each other. Fear has replaced reason.
Fear is causing some people to act or react in ways that they might not otherwise if fear where not a factor in their decisions. And, too often the consequences have proven deadly. Innocent lives destroyed, lives torn apart all because of someone else's fear. "Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified fear," as Roosevelt noted, has a paralyzing effect that blocks any effort to find a solution. But how can we conquer fear?
The only thing that can conquer fear is love. And the only way to know love, in its purest form, is to know God.
But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see?The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!"1 John 4: 20-21God is love. To find out more about God, click on this link, peacewithgod