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Humble Boldness

“At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19-20)

Humility and boldness seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. But that is because we too often misunderstand both realities. Humility is not meek self-deprecation, nor does it result in a doormat personality. Humility is the foundation of strength for the Christian, coming from a right understanding of who we are as redeemed sinners in the presence of a holy God.

So also is boldness misunderstood. Some feel that boldness is the same as aggressive ambition or arrogance. Others feel that to be bold means that they should never be afraid or nervous. Neither is true. Boldness is simply taking action from a position of confidence.

As children of God, we are called to be humble and to be bold. Both our humility and our boldness come from the same source: the Spirit of God within us. Whether we defend our faith in the ordinary environment of the office, shop, or home, or whether we are challenged to affirm our faith at the cost of our life, the call of God remains the same. We are to remain humble with a servant’s heart, and boldly proclaim the Truth we have staked our lives on.

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