Bold . . . or . . . Timid

Bold . . . not the font style! I am thinking about a characteristic of faith. A dictionary definition reads: “not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring” But I am not sure I agree with the definition. The boldness born of faith does not do away with fear. It doesn’t look for the fear to be somehow removed. This boldness acts in spite of the fear. It takes courage to be bold in the presence of fear and that is how I define it. Bold . . . “not hesitating because of fear of actual or possible danger or rebuff: but rather, acting in a courageous and daring manner in the face of fear”

empty tombThat is how I believe John and Peter, Paul and the others behaved as they brought the Gospel to the world. They knew that many would oppose them, look down upon them with scorn and derision. They knew that others would beat them and imprison them. And yet, they continued boldly on. Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

They could see by the boldness of these men that they had been with Jesus. This was not a boldness of one man to another. This was in answer to prayer, an outpouring of God’s own Spirit into their lives.

Acts 4:27-29 “for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness

Bold is not safe. It doesn’t feel safe. It doesn’t feel secure. Timid feels safe. If I am in a restaurant and my friend boldly seeks to share something of the Gospel with the waitress, I immediately feel insecure, perhaps fearful. They or others here will look down on us. And I secretly wish my friend would be quiet or more timid---less bold.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.