How being a Christian makes you BRAVE
B R A V E: Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.
When I began brainstorming ideas for writing this article, the first thing I did was think about the true meaning of the word brave. What does it actually mean to be brave and to be brave in your differences?
When I Googled the exact definition, I was actually surprised at the extreme words used: “Ready to face and endure danger or pain”? “Showing courage”? Being brave is a big deal, and how can someone like me truly be brave? The thing is, we, on our own, don’t have the strength to be brave in the way this definition describes the word – but with God we do. It is brave to be a Christian, and that is what I am going to focus on today.
In today’s culture, it is considered different to be a Christian. If you don’t agree with everything everyone says, commend every way of life, every religion, etc., then you are set apart from the rest of the crowd. Christians are called to be brave in the name of Jesus Christ, and we are supposed to look different.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world – be different, be courageous.
It is easier to go along with what everyone else does. Be yourself, rejoice in your differences. Stand up for your faith!
Proverbs 1:15 says, “My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths.”
Now, God is not saying to never walk with sinners. We are all sinners and we are called to love everyone as Jesus did. What this means is do not fall into temptation by hanging out with the wrong crowd. Be strong, be brave, and stand apart in your difference as a Christian, and witness to others.
So, how exactly do we go about being brave and courageous and stand up for our faith when that is the different thing to do?
- Pray: The power of prayer is undeniable, and I have realized that more and more the older I get. We cannot do life alone – we have to rely on God, and the way we communicate with Him is through prayer. Pray that when you are in tough situations that God will give you the courage to stand up for what is right.
- Surround yourself with encouraging people: Going through life is a lot harder when you don’t have a good support system to back you up. Having family and friends who encourage you and lift you up will help you and others become more brave.
- Get involved: Join a small group, volunteer, spread the Word. Be intentional about connecting with others who have the same vision as you to be brave in your Christian faith. Then spread it like wildfire!
In the Bible, it says that Christians will endure suffering and pain. Christians will be persecuted. It is brave to stand up for what you believe in even when you are persecuted for it. Even if you are seen as an outcast from certain groups, it is brave to not conform to their ways to simply “fit in.” It is brave not only to speak but also to listen. It is brave to love others sacrificially, just as Jesus does. It is brave to be a Christian. Join all of us at The Simply Beloved in being brave in our faith.
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21
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