Editor:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of FEAR; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  [2 Timothy 1:7].

A number of citizens in Florence are obviously afraid because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  However, it is not God who made them afraid.  Fear is an absence of Faith. 

Those who are afraid should stop and read Revelation 21:8 where the Bible gives the list of people who are going to Hell.  Notice that the first 

group of people on the list to go to Hell are the Fearful! 

You see, Faith is required to please God!  “But without Faith, it is impossible to please Him.  For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  [Hebrews 11:6].

My almost 8-year-old grandson a few days ago asked, “Mom, how are toilet paper and the Coronavirus connected?” 

If your motivation to hoard toilet paper, sanitizer, bread, and peanut butter is Fear, then something is wrong with you. 

Regarding food and clothing, Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore, do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” [Matthew 6:31-34].

If you panic over toilet paper, peanut butter, or bread, it is much more likely that you are controlled by Fear rather than Faith.  Remember, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”  [Revelation 21:8]. 

Kevin Patrick Dillon

Florence