May 2, 2021 I remember thinking how unhelpful negative commands can be. For example, take the command, “don’t think about M&Ms!”  What did you’all just think about?  M&Ms! Of, course!.  Or how about when someone says to you, “Don’t get all worked up about it!”  In my experience, that is not how to calm someone down. Time and time again, that saying just gets up worked up even more. And so it makes me wonder about the phrase that pops up more than any other phrase in the bible. Angels say these words.  God says these words. Jesus says these words. “Do not be afraid.”

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