When Dealing with FEAR, we typically need to be WILLING to do the OPPOSITE of what we Feel. For example, if you feel a loved one pulling away, your natural tendency will be to pursue them for fear they’ll leave you or reject you. Yet this approach often motivates them to distance themselves even more, feeling smothered by your anxious desperation. Or when you’re driving on an icy road, your instinct is to grip the wheel tighter, but this actually increases your chances of over-correcting if you do start to lose control, because your muscles are too tense. When you allow your feelings to dictate your response to fear you tend to want to attack or defend, when often neither strategy is appropriate.
Matthew 5:38-39 ESV: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.