For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. - 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV
What is courage? How can we obtain courage, especially a courage to do and speak what is right and good? We can find answers to these questions in Daniel 3.
Nebuchadnezzar was king of the Babylonian empire that had conquered Israel because of its rebellion against God. He had taken the best and the brightest out of Israel to serve him in Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three of those young men. Nebuchadnezzar made a golden idol that was 90 feet tall, and he commanded all in his kingdom to bow down and worship under threat of being thrown into a fiery furnace. The three Jews refused to bow down to that idol because they would only worship the one, true God as revealed in the Scriptures! These men had a firm belief that God was able to save them from the fiery furnace, but if He chose not to do that, that their souls would be saved and their bodies resurrected one day. The king was furious and followed through on his threat: they were thrown into a fire so hot that it killed the men who threw them in!
The courage of those Jews was born out a conviction that all God had spoken was true, combined with a willingness to die for His glory. If we are to have courage, godly courage, this is the only way we will get it! Jesus, while facing the cross where He would suffer and die for our sin so all who believe would be reconciled to God, expressed this godly courage: “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42 ESV).
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