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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Fear is a Bully

Kids Bible Devotional for February 13, 2024

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Focus Verse

II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)

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Boo! I hope I didn’t scare you.

You know, there’s a lot out there that can make us feel afraid: the dark, monsters under the bed, getting lost in a store, being laughed at, nightmares, sudden loud sounds, rising gas prices, weight gain, hair loss. Oops! I got a little carried away there. What I mean to say is there is so much that can make us scared.

Just remember that no matter what frightens you, it’s nowhere bigger than our God. Because of this, you can be courageous in the face of your fears. And, like the title of our story suggests, fear is a bully.

Today's Devotion

Harper felt a sharp tap on the shoulder. She turned around and came face-to-face with Roxie, the school bully.

Roxie wore a skull-and-crossbones t-shirt and torn jeans tucked into scuffed army boots. She scowled at Harper through menacing eyes. Harper’s heart leapt into her throat.

“So, you’re the little-miss-better-than-everyone-because-I-go-to-church girl I’ve been hearing about.” Roxie sneered down at Harper. “You think you’re better than me just because you talk about Jesus and stuff?”

Harper swallowed dryly. “No. I don’t think I’m better than you at all, or anyone else for that matter. Just because I go to church, doesn’t mean I’m perfect. I’m just…blessed.”

Roxie folded her arms. “Blessed? Hmm. Blessed because you’re a little rich kid.”

“No, blessed because I know Jesus. I’m rich, but not with money, but because I know God’s love.”

Roxie’s face relaxed. She dropped her arms to her side. “God’s love, huh? What’s that like?”

“It’s wonderful. You can come to church with me and find out for yourself.”

“You want me to go to church with you?”

“Yes,” Harper said, nodding.

“I wish I could go to church. My mom’s not into that religious stuff.”

“My folks can take you if she’ll let you go. We’re having a special Kids church next weekend. I would love for you to be my special guest.”

“Say, you’re not so bad after all. I’ll let you know.” Roxie held out her hand. “Put it there, church girl.”

Harper’s friend Lori saw Harper and Roxie shaking hands in the hallway. After Roxie left, she saddled up next to Harper. “What was that all about?”

“I invited Roxie to church,” Harper replied.

“You did what?” Lori asked. “Weren’t you scared?”

“Nah. Even bullies need Jesus too. Come on. We better get to Math class before the bell rings. Our new teacher? Now that’s someone I’m afraid of.”

Wrap Up

It can sometimes be scary to talk to people about Jesus. You might think they’ll make fun of you or not like you. Timothy also seemed to have struggled with this from time to time. But in the first chapter of II Timothy, Paul reminded Timothy of his apostolic upbringing and the calling that God placed on his life. Considering what Jesus did to secure our salvation it’s a privilege to tell others about Him.

Ask God to give you boldness to share the good news of Christ with a friend.

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