- The distressing emotion of fear arises because of impending danger, uncertainty, or pain and through experiences that are unexpected, sometimes sudden, and likely to produce a negative outcome. My purpose is to describe how fear is dispelled through a correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace.
- Trust and confidence in Christ and a ready reliance on His merits, mercy, and grace lead to hope, through His Atonement, in the Resurrection and eternal life. Such faith and hope invite into our lives the sweet peace of conscience for which we all yearn. The power of the Atonement makes repentance possible and quells the despair caused by sin; it also strengthens us to see, do, and become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity.
- The peace Christ gives allows us to view mortality through the precious perspective of eternity and supplies a spiritual settledness that helps us maintain a consistent focus on our heavenly destination. Thus, we can be blessed to hush our fears because His doctrine provides purpose and direction in all aspects of our lives. His ordinances and covenants fortify and comfort in times both good and bad. And His priesthood authority gives assurance that the things that matter most can endure both in time and in eternity.
Elder Bednar points out three ways that we can find peace in our life, the type of peace that chases away fear.
- Three basic principles are central to receiving this blessing in our lives: (1) look to Christ, (2) build upon the foundation of Christ, and (3) press forward with faith in Christ.
Look to Christ
- We should look to and have our focus firmly fixed upon the Savior at all times and in all places. We can be blessed to conquer our fears and strengthen our faith as we follow the Lord’s instruction: “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not”.
Build upon the Foundation of Christ
- Ordinances and covenants are the building blocks we use to construct our lives upon the foundation of Christ and His Atonement. We are connected securely to and with the Savior as we worthily receive ordinances and enter into covenants, faithfully remember and honor those sacred commitments, and do our best to live in accordance with the obligations we have accepted. And that bond is the source of spiritual strength and stability in all of the seasons of our lives. We can be blessed to hush our fears as we firmly establish our desires and deeds upon the sure foundation of the Savior through our ordinances and covenants.
Press Forward with Faith in Christ
- Exercising faith in and on the holy name of Jesus Christ, meekly submitting to His will and timing in our lives, and humbly acknowledging His hand in all things yield the peaceable things of the kingdom of God that bring joy and eternal life. We can be blessed to hush our fears as we receive the fortitude that comes from learning and living gospel principles and resolutely pressing forward on the covenant pathway.
Finally Elder Bednar concludes with describing what it means to have the fear of the Lord inspire us to stay on the straight and narrow path. He speaks of Godly fear and how this helps us recognize the greatness of Christ and our assurance that we will stand before God at the last day. This knowledge doesn't have to leave us in fear but instead should inspire us to become better disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Fear of the Lord
- Godly fear grows out of a correct understanding of the divine nature and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, a willingness to submit our will to His will, and a knowledge that every man and woman will be accountable for his or her own sins in the Day of Judgment.
- Please note that godly fear is linked inextricably to an understanding of the Final Judgment and our individual accountability for our desires, thoughts, words, and acts. The fear of the Lord is not a reluctant apprehension about coming into His presence to be judged. I do not believe we will be afraid of Him at all. Rather, it is the prospect in His presence of facing things as they really are about ourselves and having “a perfect knowledge” of all our rationalizations, pretenses, and self-deceptions. Ultimately, we will be left without excuse.
- Godly fear dispels mortal fears. It even subdues the haunting concern that we never can be good enough spiritually and never will measure up to the Lord’s requirements and expectations. In truth, we cannot be good enough or measure up relying solely upon our own capacity and performance. Our works and desires alone do not and cannot save us. “After all we can do”, we are made whole only through the mercy and grace available through the Savior’s infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice.
- Godly fear is loving and trusting in Him. As we fear God more completely, we love Him more perfectly. And “perfect love casteth out all fear”. I promise the bright light of godly fear will chase away the dark shadows of mortal fears as we look to the Savior, build upon Him as our foundation, and press forward on His covenant path with consecrated commitment.
Elder Bednar gives us clear understanding about how we can cast fear out of our lives through the Savior Jesus Christ. Our lives can have chaos but we don't have to live in fear because we know who we believe in and we know that his promises are sure. Elder Bednar shines additional light on how we should view our judgement with the Savior as a peaceful time but we can only do this as we live the type of life the Savior would have lived. We will not be perfect but if we have tried to put our lives in order, exercised our faith unto repentance and made and kept sacred covenants with the Lord in the Temple, we can look to the judgement day with hope. That hope will chase away any fear we have in our lives.