Sometimes I feel we have lost the ability to be bold about our faith. We need to do what is right, no matter what may happen to us. In the Bible, there are three words that are translated to the word bold: Tharrheo, Parrhesiazomai, and Tolmao. Tharrheo means boldness in the face of death. Parrhesiazomai means a boldness to speak the truth. Finally we have Tolmao, it means a boldness to accomplish great things for God. Today I want to talk about the latter two.
We need to be bold to speak the truth. Yes, we must speak the truth with love, but we need to be careful not to compromise the Bible, while trying not to upset those we are speaking to. Jesus always spoke the truth with love, but He was BOLD. He would love on the person, but tell them to repent of the sin in their lives. We need to follow Christ's example. Sometimes I will hear people say, well if I tell the person what they are doing is wrong, then I am judging them. This is not true if you are speaking with love and truly concerned for the person's soul, and you are standing on Biblical truths. I mean you wouldn't have any trouble telling a murderer that killing people is wrong, so why do we have trouble with other areas of the Bible?
And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.
~ Ephesians 6:19-20
Now let's talk about boldness to accomplish great things for God. If you can speak with boldness, you are ready to accomplish great things for the Lord. God is looking for someone who is humble, yet bold. Someone who is willing to tell the Good News to everyone they meet. He is looking for the Daniels and Gideons of our day. Those who have a heart for God, and are willing to step out of their comfort zones in order to do what He has called them to do. He wants a person wholly surrendered to His plans, and ready to die for what is right. Is this you???
And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. ~ Revelation 12:11
Do you know how to teach your children to be bold? The best way to teach this character quality is by example. Live a life that exhibits BOLDNESS in front of your kids. Let them see you stand for what is right. Go over Bible verse that speak about these three types of boldness. Daniel is a great Bible book to help teach about boldness in the face of death and peer pressure.