Humility as the Basis for Courage

by Bethany

Today’s Readings:  Isaiah 17-18, 1 Peter 5

Humility as the Basis for Courage

Two weeks ago, ABC’s The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck made degrading remarks on-air about Erin Andrews’ costume attire on Dancing With The Stars.  Later that evening, as she was doing a devotional with her daughter on Proverbs 12:18 (“Reckless words pierce like a sword,” NIV), Hasselbeck decided to privately and publicly make an apology to Andrews.   The next day, on set, she humbly apologized in tears [1].

Pride Weakens Boldness

When Hasselbeck apologized, her courage was exemplified, not diminished.  After all, anyone can be bold and courageous when they have done the right thing, had the upper hand, or have looked better than others.  Pride causes boldness to come naturally.  The elders and young men to whom Peter was writing, however, were being persecuted and increasingly tempted to lose their courage.  Peter reminded them, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” [2].  So, how can we be courageous and bold without being prideful?

Humility Increases Boldness

The more confident we are in the love of God, the more humble we become.  As we realize our constant need and dependence on Him, we are free to recognize that we are nothing without Him.  As we grip this idea, it allows us the freedom to be bolder in Him rather than in our pride or reputation.  And because we know He loves us for no other reason than He freely and humbly chooses to, it empowers us to be courageous in Him, not ourselves.

Humility through Prayer

Prayer provides a direct interaction with humility as we are reminded that God calls us to boldly approach His throne [3].  As we come before Him in adoration, repentance, thanksgiving, supplication and petition, we are constantly humbled before our great and mighty King.  It reminds us of our need for Him and His unconditional love for us.  Therefore, let us humbly and boldly approach Him so that we may be more courageous in Him!

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Written by guest author Perryn Pettus.

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[1] Erin Andrews gets a ‘slap in the face’ from Elisabeth Hasselbeck |  [2] 1 Peter 5:5 (see also Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6)  |  [3] Hebrews 4:16

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One Comment to “Humility as the Basis for Courage”

  1. yes, this spoke right to me today bethany. it’s the transition from loosing the pride to gaining the humility that is the bumpy road…and prayer is the vehicle to ride it out!

    thank you!

    xoxo,
    lucy

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