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Today's word conjurs up feelings of nervousness and uncertainty. At least it does for me. BOLDNESS. Boldness. boldness. The more I consider it, the more insecure I become.
But God has some specific things to say about being bold, and they are worth looking into, and worth living out.
Hebrews 10:19 tells us that we should "have the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus." This is where boldness first comes into play. We can be bold in approaching our God. The God! We can boldly come to Him. This is where boldness begins. In our seeking our Heavenly Father. We can go to God in condfidence. And this is the beginning of boldness and power.
Then 1 Corinthians 16:13 says "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." With the confidence that we have through The Lord, we can go boldly into our days. We can stand firm in our faith. We can be courageous and strong. Our boldness, our confidence comes from the Lord and with Him we can do anything.
But take note. Let's keep reading in 1 Corinthians, for the very next verse says, "Do everything in love." (italics mine) God does not empower us to boldness so we can go out and judge the world, judge others. God empowers us to love in a mighty way. TO LOVE IN A MIGHTY WAY. Our boldness is for His glory, His purpose, not our own. We are not going confidently to a God who boldly stomps us out. We go boldly to a God who LOVED us so much that He died for us... when we still hated Him. Now that's loving boldly.
Let's go to God with great confidence and ask Him to empower us, to make us bold. Bold to LOVE others. Bold to live our lives greatly with Love. To do everything with do with courage, with strength, with power, in the faith, and with LOVE. Because it does take boldness to live in this world, with judgement, and hate, with pain, and with ugliness, and to live boldly in love.
Let's do it together. Let's go be bold.
What does boldness mean to you? What emotions rise to the suface when you consider being bold for Christ? Do you live boldly? Do you love boldly? Not just those who are "loveable", but those who are really hard to love? How can we encourage each other in boldness today?