This is a powerful force, courage.
It made these powerful religious leaders take note of the “duh-sciples”:
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Otherwise unschooled and ordinary, the courage of Peter and John made these rulers and elders (the most respected, powerful people in that city) astonished.
I was reminded in Revelation 21:8 the list of types of people that will be thrown into hell:
8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
The list of otherwise obvious horrible offenders STARTS with the cowardly. That tells me something about how god feels about cowards.
I looked up courage and here is a list of some definitions I found:
- a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear (wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn)
- Courage, also known as bravery, will and fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courage
- the quality of a confident character not to be afraid or intimidated easily but without being incautious or inconsiderate; the ability to do things which one finds frightening en.wiktionary.org/wiki/courage
- (noun) – the ability to face fear or danger; bravery webtech.kennesaw.edu/reading/hundreddressesvoc.htm
- a small, specially trained military unit used for surprise assaults on enemy-held territory. www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/misc/veterans/quiz/
I especially like that last one!
God – make me courageous for You. Help me understand what dangers You want me to face bravely. Then, fill me with You that I might not fear what it is You would have me do.
grace & peace,