live free ‘boldness’

Boldness.

What is it? Is it acting strong and standing up to anything we don’t like or agree with? Stepping out and doing something on a dare to prove ourselves? Toughing it out and not letting anyone know the fears that really shake us up? For some these ideas might define boldness.

As usual—and this is a good thing—God has a different take than how we might naturally see it.

“Since we have such hope, we are very bold.” A man named Paul wrote that, just after he had written about how the enduring Spirit of the living God can be written on our hearts—hearts that grow to recognize that our confidence and boldness is beyond anything we have and becomes a part of who we are through our personal connection to God (2 Corinthians 3:4-6, 12).

That’s boldness formed out of a solid hope in something and a dependency on Someone else.

Two guys named Peter and John stood in front of a bunch of highly educated and respected men who weren’t exactly willing to listen to what they had to say. This crowd saw the two as uneducated, common people and looked down on them, but then what they heard amazed them. The words following that part of the story say, “They (the educated guys) recognized that these men (Peter and John) had been with Jesus.” (parenthetical words added, story from Acts 3 & 4)

That’s boldness formed out of spending time with Jesus.

Life is challenging. I need boldness every day. I have it by spending time connecting with God, letting his words and ways settle into my mind and heart and become a part of the way I choose to live, part of the way I hope.

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