Christ Followers Lacking Courage

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January 7, 2014 by Isaac Hovet

Dear Christ Follower,

Nothing is more regrettable than choosing not to stand with or for Christ in a moment of stress or awkwardness. Living in a post-Christian culture gives plenty of opportunities for you to lose courage.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Remember

Peter:

Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. (Matthew 26:69-70 NLT)

We can imagine Peter’s forced smile and furtive glances as he fumbled his reply. Peter’s uncertainty was fueled by the threat of arrest or death. He had just swung a sword at the servant of a religious official. Jesus had just been arrested. His worldview was swirling and his lack of understanding sent him reeling.

Most likely your moment of abandonment wasn’t at the threat of death, but perhaps a strong personality or awkward topic sent you into closed throat mode. Maybe it was a simple question about a hot issue that sent stabs of fear racing through your veins. You’re on display. The future uncertain.

You melted.

It is appropriate that Peter years later is the one who encourages persecuted and stressed Christians:

“…And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear…” (1 Peter 3:15b-16a NLT)

What was it that caused you to melt? What difficult topic shuts you down? Take Peter’s advice and prepare yourself for the difficult moments of being a Christ Follower in 2014.

There are good answers and ways of thinking that can keep you kind ans gentle, but firmly grounded in truth. Need help? Ask!

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