Courage to Do Right

Courage to Do Right                                                    February 18, 2024

Courage is the antidote to uncertainty, fear and anxiety – a few of the strikingly powerful human emotions that can rob us of abundant joy and purposeful direction (John 10:10).  In trying times, we must first be committed to do the right thing.  The courageous aspect of this commitment is evidenced by Peter and the apostles as they faced the intimidating threats of the Jewish Council and said, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Again, when Peter exhorted Christian wives to be submissive to their husbands in a Godly and gentle manner, he cited the example of Sarah, who obeyed her husband, calling him lord.  Then, he goes on to explain how they could share in her likeness by doing right “without being frightened by any fear” (I Peter 3:1-6).

Later in the same chapter, Peter widens his scope to all who might “suffer for the sake of righteousness”, saying, “do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence…” (Vs 14-15).

It’s amazing how someone who denied the Lord three times in rapid succession should have so much to say on the subject of courage! (Matthew 26:69-75).  Clearly, there is a remarkable difference between the man who denied the Lord in HIs hour of crisis and the man who boldly spoke out for God in the face of great opposition.

Courage evaporates in the presence of discouragement.  Even then, we must focus on doing the right thing, trusting God to work things out according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  We must follow the example of David who, in spite of unbelievably discouraging circumstances, found a way to encourage himself in the Lord (I Samuel 30:6).  Communing with God in prayer and study is essential along with finding creative ways to “encourage one another” (Hebrews 3:13).

By Glen Elliott