For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15, NIV
爱基督的人有自信，没有惧怕。心理学家说有两种惧怕：破坏性的和健康的。健康的惧怕没有坏处，让我们自洁、跟随耶稣、远离撒旦。我明白耶稣基督通过在十字架上的牺牲胜过了死亡，我就不惧怕死亡。圣经说，“儿女既同有血肉之体，他也照样亲自成了血肉之体，特要借着死败坏那掌死权的，就是魔鬼， 并要释放那些一生因怕死而为奴仆的人。”（来 2:14-15 ）
When I understand something of Christ’s love for me as a sinner, I respond with a love for Christ-and love has feeling. But love for Christ is a love that is above human love, though there is a similarity. There is also feeling. But feelings come and go. Commitment stays. We who have committed ourselves to Christ have feelings that come and go-joy, love, gratitude, and so on. But the commitment remains unchanged. Feelings are important, but not essential. The Bible says: “Perfect love casteth out fear” (1 John 4:18).
And those who love Christ have that confidence in Him that raises them above fear. Psychologists tell us there is destructive fear and healthy fear. Healthy fear is instructive, causing us to care for our bodies and our loved ones-Jesus told us to fear Satan. When I understand that Christ in His death gained a decisive victory over death and over sin, then I lose the fear of death. The Bible says that “He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15).
It is not the feeling of boldness and confidence that saves us, but it is our faith that saves us, and boldness and confidence result from our having trusted in Christ. The Bible says that we are to fear the Lord. This is reverential fear. It is this kind of fear of the Lord that puts all other fears in proper perspective.Old John Witherspoon, the only cleric to sign the Declaration of Independence, had this to say on the subject: “It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of man.” For our bodies and our loved ones- Jesus told us to fear Satan.