Philippians 1:12-14 NKJV But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, (13) so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; (14) and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
The way you respond to fearful situation will either encourage and embolden others or it will cause them to be discouraged, become fearful, and feel hopeless. Paul’s response to the persecution, imprisonment, and threats he faced emboldened other believers around him. It also served to prove the sincerity and conviction of his heart to all including unbelievers.
Paul wrote the Philippians to encourage them to be bold in the midst of the persecution and pressures they were facing. Besides reminding them of the Word, he also told them of his fearful situation, how he was standing strong in the midst of it and how many other believers around him were becoming increasingly bold to live and share the Gospel of Jesus without fear. The sincere example of faith and the unwavering commitment to Jesus that Paul provided inspired others to live fearlessly.
We should all have heroes and examples that we can look up to whenever we are tempted to become afraid. People that withstood great adversity, overcame huge hurdles, or who boldly with civility stood up for what they believed in. There have been a great number of amazing people like this: Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Betsy & Corrie Ten Boom, Jim Abbott, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Apostle Paul, Daniel, etc…. Sometimes simply finding someone living or dead that has overcome a terrifying situation or is courageously standing in the midst of one is all we need to embolden our hearts to courageously press on. Whatever may begin terrifying you, find someone who overcame something similar and let their story motivate you to write your own. Then stand tall and courageous with sincerity and conviction as you begin to encourage and embolden those who are now being inspired by you to live fearless.