Receive Without Fear

Teaching the account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from Matthew this week highlighted something new to me—replacing fear with faith, especially in moments of spiritual growth.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. . . . And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Matthew 28:5-6, 9-10

Our class noticed how the counsel given to the women at this holy time is to not fear or be afraid. That fit along so well with these words we then heard:

Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts-these are part of our mortality. But we are not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith. Jesus said, “Be not afraid, only believe.”4

Through the years we take these important spiritual steps over and over again. We begin to see that “he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”5 Our questions and doubts are resolved or become less concerning to us. Our faith becomes simple and pure. We come to know what we already knew.

Elder Neil L. Anderson
You Know Enough

1 Comment

  1. Carrie
    Oct 19, 2008

    Good reminder…sometimes it is so hard to do but I guess that is one reason we read the scriptures is to remind us that He is there and remind us to not allow fear to suffocate us.

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