“God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit
but a spirit of
and good judgment.”
2 Timothy 1:7
Cowardly: Fearful, unwilling to stand against opposition, ‘runs from’ rather than ‘stands for.’
God does not want this to describe nor define the spirit He has given each of His children.
The Spirit He has given us, designed to live within us, is very different:
Power, (controlled strength, focused on a clear objective needing change)
Love, (patient, kind, not self-focused, …1 Corinthians 13 list.)
and Good Judgement (clear thinking, accurate perceptions and decisions).
What does that look like? What is the interplay between those three words? They’re each uniquely different, yet allgiven within the very spirit of each person who is one of His Children.
All three are powerful words, yet under control, and employed to the benefit of “the other person.” It’s not about personality….isn’t tied to being a quiet or a loud person. Introvert or extrovert. It’s deeper within than that, and impossible to contrive or fake (at least not for very long!)
Those who think that a God-follower is weak, or a person who needs “a crutch,” don’t have any accurate understanding of the very Spirit He has placed within those who are His. These are leadership qualities. They describe people who make a difference in their circles of relationship. ..people of influence. These are those who have impact and are catalysts of change in their personal world and beyond. And notice there is no distinction of male or female here.
When God’s Spirit is invited into someone’s life, impact and influence will be a direct outcome if we cooperate with the Spirit He has given us…put inside of us.
Every tiny or grand corner of our world needs this.
So pull up those bootstraps and…. BE!
Let His Spirit BE within you!