I’ve been savoring this verse lately:
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control.” 2 Tim. 1:7
In Acts 4, the disciples pray that they might speak God’s Word with boldness (freedom, confidence).
Sometimes I use timidity (shyness, fear, etc.) as an excuse to shrink back. I don’t feel confident, so I don’t act. Or if I do act (in spite of my lack of confidence) I still allow that feeling to get the best of me. These feelings are not of the Spirit. It’s me trying to act in my own strength instead of His.
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity (cowardice, reticence).
So boldness is better, right?
Potentially. But untempered by the Spirit, boldness can be impulsive, arrogant, brash – more bravado than bravery (a good example of this is Peter’s behavior prior to receiving the Holy Spirit).
So what might speaking with true, Spirit-filled boldness might look like?
Maybe it’s this:
Not timid, but stouthearted, resolved.
But not only powerful… power without benevolence is :(
Acting in the power of the Spirit… for the good of others.
Speaking with power… fueled by God’s divine love… using due restraint.
Kinda like BBQ sauce. A little kick, a little sweetness, and just the right amount of salt.
It takes all three ingredients to be tasty. I’m not into rigid formulas, and I never follow recipes to letter… but the right ingredients are a good starting place.
Boldness = Power + Love + Self-control
And a deep breath never hurts. :)