8 Things God Cares About #2 Courage

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Trust , courage, compassion, humility, poverty, generosity, remembrance and justice.

2. Courage

Do you find that you sometimes take decisions based on fear?

Nelson Mandela said, ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’

It is not surprising, humanly speaking, that Jesus was crucified after three years of ministry. He was a man of great courage. When Jesus was told ‘run for your life! Herod’s on the hunt. He’s out to kill you!’ (13:31, MSG) he replied, ‘Go tell that fox…’ (v.32). Here, we see that Jesus had the courage to take on one of the most powerful (and evil) men of the day.

Nor was Jesus afraid of confrontation with the scribes and Pharisees. He did not avoid them. He often spent time in their company. It must have been tempting simply ‘to eat’ (14:1) with those who liked him and accepted him rather than with those who were suspicious and critical – those who watched his every move.

He also had the courage to heal the man ‘hugely swollen in his joints’ (v.2, MSG) on the Sabbath and then to confront the Pharisees about their views on this subject.

Today Lord Live through me Breathe through me and Be through me. To have courage to confront always what is not of you this day and fear not consume or paralyze me in Jesus name