Matthew 10 is a ‘missionary discourse.’ We have the phrase, ‘Be not afraid,’ occurring three times.
They relate to trust, purpose and conviction – or faith, hope and love.
We trust that God speaks to us:
What you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
We have an inner life that gives purpose to life. We should fear those who are out to destroy our hope.
Finally, we have a deep and abiding conviction that God is in love with us:
There is no need to be afraid, for you are worth hundreds of sparrows.
Out with fear, then.