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2. Contradicting Hardship with Uncommon Courage (Philippians 1:12-30)

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A common and natural response to affliction is fear. This fear may manifest itself in tears, withdrawal, anger, or any number of forms. But harboring such natural fear is not a biblical option for Spirit-filled Christians. Instead, we are commanded to demonstrate courage and fearlessness, in light of our greater perspective. More is unseen than seen. More exists than the natural world around us. More awaits us in a future life than this life offers. Such presuppositions enable Christians to respond with courage in the face of persecution, fearlessness in the face of affliction, and boldness in the face of death. And the world pays particular attention when one's natural response of fear is replaced by supernatural, uncommon courage.

Related Topics: Suffering, Trials, Persecution