Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 21, 2020
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV
Bravery is not just for the soldier on the battlefield, it is necessary for everyday life. A brave child attending a new school grade. A brave woman sharing her fears with a wise mentor. A brave man calling out another man for compromising his integrity. A brave couple seeking out a Christian counselor because they are stuck in a downward relational spiral. Bravery is what builds character and moves organizations to make major changes. Bravery wants what’s best for all and is willing to sacrifice in love. Bravery sees possibilities—and is not afraid of what if’s.
Paul reminds his mentee Timothy of God’s gifts of Holy Spirit power for the will, love for the heart and wisdom for the mind. During hard days and restless nights the Spirit gives strength to persevere. When the heart is locked up in fear of unfair treatment or uncertain circumstances, love will find a way. When the mind is confused or defeated by doubt, wisdom brings clarity and reveals the best choice. Paul’s experience gave younger Timothy the experience of learning from another’s failures and successes. A wise guide models bravery and animates confident decisions.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, NKJV).
Torment accompanies a lack of love. Without clear life coordinates you grow dizzy trying to survive swirling circumstances. What are you facing that has humbled you and compels you to seek out a wise guide? Better to bravely share your fears with a wise one, than to be humiliated before fools. The fruit of love is vulnerability, so taste and see that being real is good. Bravery incubates in a humble heart. No need to obsess over worst case scenarios when you can be brave and seek out a healthier perspective from one who has walked this road. Be coachable, and embrace love!
Most of all, go back often and be grateful to God for His generous gifts of strength of will, love of heart and wisdom of mind. The Lord is the source of what gets you through life. But to receive His gifts you have to slow down and seek His face. Gaze into His tender eyes of compassion, hear His gentle words of love and see a confident face that fills you with faith. God gives, but in humility you must receive. Let go of stubborn pride and ego and cuddle perfect love. In your embrace of your Savior and Lord, you release fear and receive peace. Be brave, the battle is the Lord’s and He has already won. So, rest in One who gives you victory—Jesus Christ.
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31, ESV).
Heavenly Father, give me a brave heart to do hard things, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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