When people abuse us, they are driven by fear. Was is driven by fear. It is so disappointing to see all this fear and terror perpetrated by groups like ISIS. They are torturing and beheading innocent people and trying to use fear as a way to get power and control. This is abhorrent to God and it signals a new level of depravity among humans...in the name of religion! Humans using religion to be inhumane..it's all based on FEAR.
Many of us are afraid to speak out about our thoughts and ask our questions, not because we believe God will judge us and send us to hell, but because of the hell of fear we will continue to live in if we don't have the freedom to speak at all!
What are you afraid of? Who are you afraid of? Look at what you have been led to believe, and how fear drives your decisions. My practice now is to make no place in my heart for fear. I don't allow fear to drive me now. I am working all of that out by dealing with it so it doesn't have power over me.
My prayer for you today is to release fear in all its forms, except as a signal to protect your life from harm or danger. Don't be immune to fear, though. Just pay attention to fear and address it sooner rather than later. Know when you are afraid, and what you are afraid of, and it has to be immediate danger...not something contrived or coersed. Only then, be prepared to fight or flee. That is all you need to do!