The story is told of a secretary with an office in an international airport. Her office was next to the office for the security guards. One day the guards had a man in their office but were called out on an emergency. The secretary saw the man who was left behind slowly open the door and begin to leave. She summoned her courage and yelled at the man to stop and go back into the office until he was told that he could leave. Much to her surprise the tactic worked! When the guards returned she told them what had happened and they quickly entered their office and told the telephone repair man that he could go home now. The woman had courage but it was a little misdirected.
The courage we can have in Christ is not misdirected. Jesus said, "In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). We are able through Christ to face the trials and temptations of this life with courage, for the Lord has faced the temptations and the trials of the flesh (Hebrews 4:15) without sin. He has through the cross paid the price for the worst of sinners (I Timothy 1:15). He has through the resurrection brought life and immortality to light (II Timothy 1:10).
As Jesus has said, "Take Courage"!
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