Courage in Three Dimensions
And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.
Writer Kerry S. Walters suggests that courage is the quality that the Puritan writer, John Bunyan, called valor. It’s a quality that comes in three dimensions, and our Lord modeled all three. Walters wrote: “Jesus … himself exemplified…three kinds of valor: physical courage in enduring bodily torture and cruel death following his arrest by the Jewish authorities; moral courage when he defied Temple culture by chasing away the money lenders, and spiritual courage when, despite the shockwave of despair that overwhelmed Him on the Cross, he nonetheless persevered to the end.”
The world around us can be intimidating, but the followers of Christ are not easily silenced. With grace and compassion we speak and live courageously, and our courage comes from God.
As we seek His will for our future, our God will also give us the courage to accomplish His plan. Do what the apostle Paul did as he approached Rome. Go forward, thank God, and take courage.
A Christianity that no longer requires courage has ceased to be the genuine article.
Kerry S. Walters