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the "other" do nots

"thou shalt not."

three words that, for many, seem to define the very essence of christianity, or even religion in general. i was thinking about this the other day as i was thinking about the fear that sometimes gets it's stiff grip on us and keeps us from moving forward or outward or upward or any-ward.  and i was thinking about fear, i remembered another "do not" commandment.  you won't find it on any list of the 10 commandments, even though it is a commandment given by Jesus himself.  you can find it in luke 12:32:

"do not be afraid, little flock.  for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."
do not be afraid.  there is a commandment i need to start being more careful to obey!  in a world full of tyrants and terror, i need to be reminded of Jesus' firm command.  it is not for me to be full of fear and worry.  why? because it isn't God's desire to punish us or crush us or let us rot, but Jesus says it is God&#…