Courage Over Compromise
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (Greek, apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
apología (apó, "from" and lógos, "intelligent reasoning") – properly, a well-reasoned reply; a thought-out response to adequately address the issue(s) that is raised.
To argue or debate is not the goal. Why? Because it is possible to win the argument, while at the same time, lose the soul. But rather, as Christian influencers, it needs to be our gracious focus to give well-reasoned replies to those who ask about our faith in Jesus. Therefore, use these narratives to best share the heart behind your Overwear.
1.) The courage of character isn't made in the arena, it is only seen there. Because the individual who spends time with Jesus in private cannot help but to stand boldly for Jesus in public. "The righteous are as bold as a lion" (Proverbs 28:1).
2.) The truest measure of influence isn't dependent upon how much you know intellectually, how far you've gone professionally, or even how much you have financially. No. The truest measure of influence is reflected by how well you show what you know persuasively and courageously. You see, courage isn't the absence of fear, but rather the awareness of Jesus being near.
3.) The opposite of courage isn't timidity, it's conformity. Do not let the world around you fit you into its mold, but rather, live courageous for the Lord by choosing courage over compromise.