<<bravery, courage>>

We can confidently come before God, presenting our prayers to Him as well as receiving mercy and finding grace to help us in our time of need; and even when we will give account of our lives before Him, knowing the sacrifice of Jesus is all-sufficient (Heb 4:16, 10:19; 1 Jn 4:17).

We are also told not to be fearful of other humans who can only destroy our body, not our eternal soul, for “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (Mt 10:28; Heb 13:6; 2 Tim 1:7).

Before Christ’s crucifixion the disciples fled in fear but after they received the Holy Spirit they were not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, speaking with divine power and conviction, not in reckless impulsiveness but rather with a confidence in what they believed (Mt 26:56; Act 1:8, 4:13,29,31). This gave them motivation and courage to continue even choosing to suffer martyrdom as numerous others have done since. They did not speak arrogantly

   With Christ, I am         more than able

or without fear, but rather with a firm conviction and confident assurance, based on the facts and a compulsion of the Spirit that comes through a solid connection to Christ.

Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). Do I boldly, yet with sensitivity, tell others about the new life and forgiveness I have in Christ and the freedom from sin and its penalty? May we have increased courage to share the message of salvation. Paul’s request was, “Pray for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the gospel” (Eph 6:19).

See also: assurance, bravery, confidence, conviction, fear, relationships.

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