Welcome back to the A Believer’s Character series, an alphabetical excursion through a list of important Biblical character traits for children. I’m teaming up with Joyice of Raising Boys Homeschool for this great project.
This week Joyice and I are exploring character traits that begin with the letter B. I’m sharing a feminine perspective with B is for bold. Joyice will be sharing a masculine perspective on B is for Believer. I encourage you to visit Joyice and read her post as I’m certain you’ll be encouraged by what you read!
My kitchen window overlooks the backyard. While I’m washing dishes or cooking, I can see what the girlies are doing as they play. The other day as I looked out the window, I saw my oldest, Sweet Pea, relaxing on the bench and reading in the shade of the dogwood tree. Sugar Plum, my middle daughter, was busy drawing and coloring at the table on the deck. Baby Girl, my youngest, was standing at the top of the slide yelling something over the fence we share with our neighbors.
I put down my spatula and went outside to see what she was doing. Baby Girl explained that the neighbor’s dog was barking too loudly. She had decided it was her job to make her quiet down. Baby Girl boldly barked orders back at the dog, seemingly unconcerned that the dog was much larger than she!
That’s my Baby Girl. Daring. Intrepid. Audacious. Resolute. Enterprising. BOLD. My husband and I often watch her in action, shake our heads, and laugh. We regularly pray that Baby Girl will one day use that boldness to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ and to spread the Gospel!
Boldness is demonstrated by showing an ability to take risks. True boldness isn’t loud, brash, and bossy. It’s simply an expression of expression of Christ-like confidence and courage. If I want my girlies to be useful members of God’s kingdom, I must teach them to be bold. Bold believers are a crucial part of kingdom building!
Does the Bible say anything about boldness?
In Genesis 18, God is preparing to destroy the wicked city of Sodom. An interesting passage of scripture details an intimate discussion between Abraham and God. Abraham pleads with God, asking him to spare the city for the sake of the righteous people who live there.
First, Abraham asks God to spare the city if fifty righteous people can be found in it. God agrees. Abraham goes a step further and asks God to spare the city for the sake of forty-five righteous citizens. God again agrees. Abraham, concerned for the citizens of Sodom, then asks God to spare the city for the sake of 40, then 30 citizens, then 20 citizens. Once again, God agrees. In a final push for the citizenry of Sodom, Abraham asks God to spare the city for the sake of 10 citizens. God agrees and His conversation with Abraham ends.
The one thing I’ve always been struck by throughout that exchange is Abraham’s boldness. Note the words of Genesis 18:27-28 and Genesis 18:31.
Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” (Genesis 18:27-28)
Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?” (Genesis 18:31)
Abraham’s ability to approach God with such boldness is amazing and God’s compassionate response is reassuring. Why can we, like Abraham, be so bold? Because God’s grace is extended to us through His son, Jesus Christ.
How can my daughters develop boldness for God?
It is possible for girls to be feminine and bold. If I want my girlies to come boldly to the throne of grace as the Bible mentions in Hebrews 4:16 and if I want them to be bold enough to share the Gospel with others, I must teach them how to do so. Here are four ideas you may wish to consider.
- Teach your girls that God is a loving father who cares about each one of His children. Read the Bible with your daughters and study examples of God’s loving interactions in the lives of His people. My girls need to know that they can be bold because God loves them and is with them.
- Teach your girls to speak the truth in love. No matter how bold she is and no matter how valid her point is, the message will be lost if it is not shared in loving manner. My girls need to know that love and boldness can dwell together.
- Be a good example. I can’t expect the girlies to display boldness if I’m timid about sharing my faith. My girls need to see me sharing my faith with others.
- Teach them how to handle rejection. Sometimes our boldness is not accepted and efforts are rebuffed. This does not mean that our lips are to be sealed and our witness is to be silenced. On the contrary, I want the girlies pray and ask God to give them another opportunity to be bold for Him.
Prayer for Boldness
Dear Lord, I thank you for your son Jesus and for the bold life He lived. Thank you for example of His boldness and for His death on the cross. Please help me to always remember Christ’s marvelous sacrifice and please give me the boldness I need to go out into the world and share the gospel with others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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