Whether it’s a small public speaking assignment or global issues that make you feel unsettled, fear can crowd out the joy each day has to offer. Don’t allow it. But what can you do to fight back? There is at least one tool that will always be at your fingertips: charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ.
1 John 4:18 reads: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made in perfect love.”
Many people find motivation in fear. What if they don’t want to “cast it out”? Last spring, Dieter F. Uchtdorf explained why living in fear—even the kind that pushes us to meet expectations—can be counterproductive:
It is true that fear can have a powerful influence over our actions and behavior. But that influence tends to be temporary and shallow. Fear rarely has the power to change our hearts, and it will never transform us into people who love what is right and who want to obey Heavenly Father.
People who are fearful may say and do the right things, but they do not feel the right things. They often feel helpless and resentful, even angry. Over time these feelings lead to mistrust, defiance, even rebellion.
So if fear of any kind is holding you back, how can you replace it with the power of charity? Consider the ideas below, and leave a tip of your own in the comments to inspire other readers.
Earnestly pray for charity.
Moroni 7:48 teaches us to “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love.”
God hears and answers prayers. As you regularly pray for charity, He will create opportunities for that feeling to develop within you. Your heart will fill with an understanding of the Lord’s love for you and for other people.
Work with others toward a charitable cause.
Another way to chase fear from your mind is by working with others toward a charitable cause. From working in a soup kitchen to participating in a community charity run or garage sale, there are endless ways to serve others, and as you do, you’ll quickly develop a Christlike love for them. You’ll become a little kinder and more caring toward everyone around you.
Move forward with faith and trust in the Lord.
It’s easy in today’s world to live in fear of the bad things happening to you or someone you know. Instead, you can live with courage and with trust in the Lord as you face life’s challenges.
“Christ’s perfect love allows us to walk with humility, dignity, and a bold confidence as followers of our beloved Savior,” President Uchtdorf continued. “Christ’s perfect love gives us the confidence to press through our fears and place our complete trust in the power and goodness of our Heavenly Father and of His Son, Jesus Christ.”
Love truly has the power to change everything. As we search for the pure love of Christ, we will overcome fears about ourselves, about what others think about us, about those different from us, and about the world we live in.