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Dry Your Eyes and Dry the River – You Need Not Fear

August 15, 2011

I love the name of this band for a start. And the sad simplicity of their acoustic recording of Bible Belt for watchlistentell.

So watch, listen and let them tell you what they have to say…

The song ends with the words:

And the trick of it is, don’t be afraid anymore
Oh, the trick of it is, don’t be afraid anymore

The repetition of this line emphasises its importance. But why is the only thing we need to do, according to Dry the River, the hardest thing of all? If we’re completely honest, fear is something that defines us, whether we like it or not. We’re afraid of death, the future, each other, even ourselves.

Love is one of the things we’re most afraid of. The way the Bible views love is different. In fact, it’s a different kind of love to the one we’re afraid of, and the one which can leave us confused or disillusioned. That’s because it’s God’s love, not human love (read Mona – The Art of Love for more on this).

God’s love is constant and revealed most clearly in how God sent his Son, Jesus, to die for us. And why? So that we might be set free from the fear of the death to which we are all prone, “For the wages of sin [rebellion against God] is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) and then he did just that.

Therefore, Paul writes: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

So we need not be afraid, because fear is to do with punishment. And we need not fear punishment for our sin, because Jesus paid the price. And we need not fear death, because Jesus has overcome it and the sin which caused it, dying for our sake and rising from the dead. And we need not fear the future, because if we trust in Jesus it is a glorious one. And we need not fear each other—only let us love one another, with Jesus as our perfect example.

P.S. The words “You were alone and steady with wintry calm” remind me of Simon and Garfunkel’s I Am a Rock. Click here to find out more.

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