By TAC Team
Are you afraid of death? What about the fear of a loved one’s death?
You are not alone. Fear is rampant through our country and our world. COVID-19 did not ease our troubled minds any. And if someone you care about is using a substance like Methamphetamines, alcohol, or opioids, then you are aware that overdose death may come unexpectedly and unintentionally. There are so many dangers of continued use and abuse.
Fear of Death
The fear of death is in our very beings, yet we most often try to suppress it. Some lie to themselves as if they can snub the reality of death. Others soothe themselves by trying to think that death won’t be so bad.
Ignoring death and its ugliness does not solve our problem.
But, we don’t have to be afraid of death because death has been defeated. Pastor Brad Bigney’s sermon (Easter 2022) addressed our inherent fear as humans. That sermon can be found by clicking this link.
It’s good to remind ourselves of these realities when battling the specific fears that can accompany a loved one’s addictive lifestyle:
You are not in control.
Other people (like doctors, rehab specialists, counselors, and other family members) are not in control.
God is in control.
“So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
(Hebrews 13:6, ESV)
Fearing men is not what God calls us to do and this is covered in Dr. Shaw’s Family Help for Addiction lesson on “God-Given Responsibilities.”
Dr. Shaw’s notes for the participants say:
“Do you love control? Are you pretending to be in the role of God? Take inventory of your responsibilities. Ask a Trusted Christian Friend to help you evaluate your thoughts, words, and actions…
Evaluate what you are doing that you should NOT be doing. Learn to practically trust Christ by praying, not worrying, and surrendering your addicted loved one to Him… letting go of control… [without] forsaking your responsibilities.”
Mark E. Shaw, Family Help for Addiction: A Care Group Study,
Student Handout for Lesson 7, The Addiction Connection, 2020.
(Found at the TheAddictionConnection.org by clicking on the tab “Start a Group.”)
Jesus encouraged us to fear the One who has all the power over the bodies and the souls of those whom we love…
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.’ (Matthew 10:28, ESV)
Fearing death isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is a positive aspect to the fear of death when it leads us to flee temptations that will trap us.
We don’t have to fear death in a way that paralyzes us, but in a way that causes us to seek God and reach out to His people, the Church. Read the blog, “Desperate Parents Need Real Help.” for more help and hope.
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–EASTER: Meditations for Addicts Week 6 -Discusses Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
The Addiction Connection is Here for You!
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