Boldness Boldness Vs. Fearfulness Boldness: Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just. The character quality of boldness will demonstrate high morals in the face of an immoral world. When we dare not to be bold with what we believe, we need to ask ourselves, “Do we really believe it?” Boldness isn’t fighting over right and wrong, It’s putting truth back in place. Without the boldness to stand up for truth, we shall surely lose it. The character of boldness must be matched with humility. The boldness to speak must be matched by the wisdom to listen. Be bold in what you stand for, but careful in what you fall for. Some people would consider themselves to be bold, when they are only being foolish. The difference between boldness and bigmouth is “character.” Boldness is not the absence of fear, but strength to face it. Never be afraid to go out on a limb… that is where the fruit is. Boldness doesn’t have to be something that we say, it just demonstrates who we are. God Our freedom in the United States is a possession of all those that have the boldness to defend it. What we say must be established upon a truth that gives us boldness to speak it. But, where do we find the truth? In ourselves? GOD In the stars? In others? Truth was never lost. It just is! In the bars? Boldness is the ability to stand up against someone who is not demonstrating good character. Why is it that our country has lost this ability to act against poor character? Fear of rejection! Fear of retaliation! Fear Fear of being wrong! Can’t recognize poor character, because they have not seen good character exercised. Fear is the leading factor for people not boldly standing up for the truth. Where is it that you are having problems with boldness? On the job? Are you afraid of saying something against wrong because you could lose you job? At home? Are you afraid of doing what is right at home because it will cause strife? With your friends? Are you afraid of losing your friends if you speak up for what is right? B-Boldly standing for the truth. O-Oppose those that do wrong. L-Look for the right moment. D-Divide truth from error. N-Never compromise. E-Endure conflict. S-Separate yourself from foolish debate. S-Sin not. (watch your anger) Group discussion Where is it that you lack boldness? What can you do to become more bold? What is it that you fear in being bold? If you could be bold in your past, what is it that you would do differently? And how would it have changed your life? The year was 1546 in England. Her name was Anne Askew. Anne Askew was imprisoned and greatly tortured for her faith in her God. Placed on a cruel rack, her joints and bones were pulled out of place. She fainted from the tremendous pain, but when she regained consciousness, she preached for two hours to her tormentors. On the day of her execution, she was carried to the stake in a chair because her bones were dislocated and she couldn’t walk. At the last moment, she was offered the king’s pardon if she would recant. She said: “I did not come here to deny my Lord and Master.” She died praying for her murderers in the midst of the flames. Boldness is standing up for the truth, no matter the consequence. How do we gain the character of boldness when we have these fears? First: Have confidence that what you have to say or do is true, right, and just. Third: Know that whatever you are standing up for will change the lives of people for the better. Second: Know the material so you may present it with clarity, and accuracy. Fourth: Present whatever you have to say or do with kindness, gentleness, and humility. If not, you will be perceived as arrogant.