Fear Of Loss

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Matthew 10:   26“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27“What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31“So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

(Observation):   The disciples are told not to fear those who hate them, but to fear God, to whom His disciples are valuable.

(Interpretation):  There is no fear of loss if the thing that could be lost is of little or no value to the one who possesses it.  On the other hand, the fear of loss is great when the possession is of great value.  The love of God even extends to the individual hairs on a believer’s head.  Compared to that, why should the disciples fear “those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul?”  The one who loves God fears separation from Him, for the Love of God is eternal and immeasurably more valuable than a temporary earthly body made of flesh and blood.  

(Cross-reference):   Philippians 121   For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Psalm 1119 He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.  10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

Jeremiah 32:38  They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.

(Application):   Even the loss of one’s earthly life is a small thing in view of Gods promise of eternal life for those who have trusted in Him. Therefore, fear Him and love Him with all your heart soul and mind, for “He has sent redemption to His People” in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, in Whom you have believed.

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