Written by Grace Mwaura on March 20, 2023
Boldness, in the biblical sense, is not a personality trait. A typically soft-spoken, introverted, calm person can be bold at a time when a usually driven, outspoken, self-assertive person shrinks back. Boldness is acting, by the power of the Holy Spirit, on an urgent conviction in the face of the same threat. It’s being confident, fearless, and having freedom of speech. It’s also our willingness to venture out and do the right thing at the right time, irrespective of the barriers or fears we may encounter. Boldness enables us to speak the truth and perform a task without fear of the consequences or results, realizing that God is in control and he is there within and beside us and will take care of us therefore, we don’t need to fear what others can do, we are to concentrate on our character and call and do it with passion and conviction.
Why is boldness so important?
It is one of the characteristics of a follower of Christ. Acts 4:13, now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled and realized that they had been with Jesus.
It gives us the courage to step out and share the word of God with all. 2 Corinthians 3:12, therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech.
It gives us the confidence to enter the presence of God because Christ had given us confidence and access through His blood. Hebrews 10:19, therefore, brethren, having the boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.
John Knox, the 16th-century reformer famous for the slogan, “O God! Give me Scotland or I die!” stood as a person who boldly spoke the truth of the Christian faith to a nation transitioning from apostate Catholicism. He was able to challenge leaders who used religion as a way to control society. Facing many dangers, imprisonments, and beatings, he succeeded in his mission by bringing reformation to Scotland.
Boldness comes from the assurance we have in Christ – who He is, and what He can do. This attitude directly affects how we respond to any given situation. When we have confidence in our Lord, we can venture beyond our limits, abilities, and comfort zone to engage in the simple things of life.
Our boldness does not stand alone, it has to be tampered with by the other characters and fruits from our Lord, so it is synergistic and powerful because of who He is, not for what we can accomplish.