Take Courage

Phillipians 1:12-18, “12Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
15It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice…”

“Courage, also known as bravery, will, intrepidity, and loyalty, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. “Physical courage” is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, Death, or threat of death, while “moral courage” is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. Courage is the mental and moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” – From Wikipedia

While American Christians might not need physical courage, we must be rooted in moral courage. After all, courage is contagious. Because Paul was bold in the defense of Christ, other Christians were encouraged to spread the word, be courageous, and be fearless. There might come a day when both types of courage are absolutely neccessary in the day-to-day living. Perhaps our own boldness will bring about a revival that will awaken even the sleep-walking Christians to the conditions that surround them. It’s time to put it all on the line and to trust God with the results.

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