A man once bragged that he had cut off the tail of a man-eating lion with his knife. Asked why he hadn't cut off the lion's head, the man replied, "Someone had already done that."
There are many kinds of courage. Sometimes it is exhibited by bravery in some physical action, such as in a daring rescue, or times of war, or firefighting, or perhaps even lion fighting. There is also a kind of courage that is not always visible to the eye. A courage that could be referred to as a quite courage. It gives one the resolve needed to deal with many of the pressures of this life. In II Peter 1:5-7 Peter admonishes us to add to our faith the Christian characteristics that make for completeness. One of the things mentioned by Peter is 'virtue' or 'moral excellence', sometimes defined as 'moral courage'. In the midst of the storm of personal trials and temptations a person must find the courage to not only persist but also to prevail. Some of the greatest examples of courage are virtually unknown except in the heart of the one who has waged the battle.
May the Lord enable you with the courage you need to show compassion to the weak, to forgive your enemy, to be uncompromising regarding Godliness, and to walk by faith and not by sight. Remember always the Lord's strength and courage to live and die that we might have salvation. "He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21).
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