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Courage – 19 May 2007

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” This quotation by Mark Twain brings to mind something that the Lord spoke through His prophet Isaiah approximately 2,700 years ago (Isaiah 51:7-8):

7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose heart is My law;
Do not fear the reproach of man,
Neither be dismayed at their revilings.

8 "For the moth will eat them like a garment,
And the grub will eat them like wool.
But My righteousness shall be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”
~ New American Standard Bible

Do you see the connection? God, through Isaiah, speaks about moral courage when He tells those who truly believe and who live by a higher standard not to fear the scoffing and verbal abuse of others. In verse 8 He tells His people that righteousness is eternal, but those who revile are not a part of it.

Those courageous people who try to make this world a better place for all of His creation, both human and other animal, and are accused of being “self-righteous” should keep this in mind. They must be “doing the right thing” to make their revilers feel so guilty.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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