My dear friend Mandy sent this to me after reading one of my earlier posts.
If you are a doctor, you obviously have big time knowledge although sometimes that knowledge may be hard to share even though it is the right thing to do. If your patient has a sickness, for example, it has to be hard to share that news. As a doctor. you also have information on what to do next. You could take the easy way and not share due to the fear of the patient's reaction, fear of being attacked. But, that would be wrong. A good doctor does not fear.
Jesus had the most all-encompassing knowledge this world has ever seen. His convictions were so strong, so unswerving that He was not afraid to share with anyone. He was secure in His knowledge and what the next step should be. He would not be contaminated or swayed.
Fear makes us unwilling to speak up for our beliefs of what the Bible says - fear of rejection, fear that our knowledge and faith might be attacked or shaken. But if that is the case, perhaps we need to examine just how deep our beliefs really are.
Jesus had no such fear, no need to fence Himself off from others for His own protection. He knew the difference between graciousness and compromise, and we should follow His example.
Jesus alone is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Never lose your confidence in the truth and the Bible! But - like Jesus - may you always be "speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15).
Philippians 2:5 In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought.
Acts 18:9-10 the Lord said to Paul, “Don’t be afraid, and don’t stop talking to people. I am with you, and no one will be able to hurt you."
The fear of rejection is real. I am thankful for the support of friends who stand beside me even when I am undesirable!