John 14.27 cont.
27 I leave peace with you, My peace I give to you; I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not be agitated in your heart, neither be fearful.
Fear can take a number of different forms. We know God’s word tells us that:
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom – Psalm 111.10 (NLT).
However, that is a very different kind of fear, and it is a different word that is used. The word that is in verse 27 means the fear of timidity.
Being timid is an emotion that affects us all in certain situations, and it may be different for each individual.
Jesus was telling the disciples, and us, that we have nothing to be timid about. The reason for this is that we have the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. Paul wrote and reminded Timothy about this:
For God did not give you a spirit of fear (timidity), but of power and love and self-control – 2 Timothy 1.7.
Paul was speaking from his own experience, and we see in the Book of Acts how he knew the Holy Spirits presence in him in power, love and self-control.
And the same is true for us.
No doubt we all wonder how we will re-act if and when we are faced with various trials. The assurance of Jesus is that we do not need to be timid, because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
We may feel timid as we think about trials that we know will be coming upon us, but it is in such times that we need to be assured that the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to say. Jesus said that we do not need to worry about what we should say:
When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time – Matthew 10.19 (NLT).
The word fear also means to be a coward, which is to look to find ways of avoiding a situation that is necessary for us to go through. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us eliminates cowardice.
The presence of the Holy Spirit within us means that we are able to stand up to the trials and tribulations that we may have to encounter. We do not need to shrink from them, because we know that in Him we are more than conquerors.