Courage faces fear and thereby masters it. Cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it.
From Mark 5:35-36: “While He was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.'”
You can gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through his horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the things you think you cannot do.
From Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Earthly fears are no fears at all. Answer the big question of eternity, and the little questions of life fall into perspective.
From 1 Corinthians 4:6: “I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, ‘Nothing beyond what is written,’ so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another.”