“Courageous” study – Lesson #3

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As the Bible study is based on the movie "Courageous" which speaks of having courage in many aspects of our lives, the title of the 3rd meeting was "It takes courage to impact future generations".

HERE IS A SHORT SITUATION:

You receive a call during the night for a robbery at a convenience store and you are given a description of the suspect vehicle and the license plate. A few minutes later you see the vehicle pass in front of you and you see that 4 occupants are in the vehicle while you are alone. What are you doing?

Unanimously all responded that they would inform their colleagues via radio and that they would wait for the "Back-up" being alone. Yet, would you consider yourself a "weak person" or a "coward" because you dared to ask your colleagues for help? Certainly not! You know that imminent danger is in front of you and that you can not evade your obligations to protect citizens. The goal is to make sure that the work is done and that you will be safely returned home.

Peace officers understand enormously the importance of back-up and teamwork.

However …

Unfortunately, when it comes time to face imminent danger in our spiritual, emotional or psychological life, very few dare to ask the people around them for fear of being judged or of being seen as "weak person / coward".

Statistics in North America show that there are 3 times more police officers who die from suicide than police officers who die on duty. Why? Because they did not dare to ask for help and accept that they were overwhelmed by the situation.

So how can we, as Christian police officers who have the best "Back-up" (Jesus), change this data and thus "impact future generations" in connection with the word of God?

Here are 4 ways to do this:

  1. By caring sincerely for each other,
  2. By praying sincerely for one another,
  3. By sincerely encouraging each other,
  4. By being indebted to each other.

To achieve this, here are 4 points on which the Bible urges us to improve:

Point 1 : The ego and the pride

Here are the definitions in the dictionary:

EGO:

"A very advantageous opinion, most often exaggerated, that one has of one's personal value at the expense of consideration due to others".

PRIDE:

"Character of the one who believes himself superior to others".

Here is what the Bible says:

2 Samuel 22; 28:

"You save the people who humble themselves, and with your look you lower the proud"

Proverbs 16; 18:

"Arrogance precedes ruin, and pride precedes the fall"

1 Corinthians 4; 7:

"For who distinguishes you? What have you received? And if you have received it, why do you boast, as if you had not received it? "

1 Peter 5; 5:

"For God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble"

2 Timothy 2; 15:

"Strive to present yourself before God as a tested man, a workman who has nothing to blush, who rightly dispenses the word of truth"

So in summary, when we are "ego and proud", we take a course of action that we are more concerned about what others think of us (our image) rather than focusing our efforts to please God no matter what that others around us will think.

Point 2: Build confidence and confidentiality between us

Here are definitions in the dictionary:

TRUST :

"Firm hope, assurance of someone who confides in someone".

Here is what the Bible says:

Psalms 55; 12-13:

"It is not an enemy that outrages me, I will support it. It is not my adversary who rises against me, I will hide myself in front of him. It's you, that I esteemed my equal! You, my confidant and my friend! "

James 3; 10:

"From the same mouth come the blessing and the curse. It is not necessary, my brothers, that it is so"

Proverbs 25; 9-10:

"Defend your cause against your neighbor, but do not reveal the secret of another, lest by learning it, it will cover you with shame, and your bad name will not fade away"

So in summary, a lot of people have fun telling our personal fights. By doing this, it helps them to focus attention on others rather than on their own needs since when a group's attention is on someone else, people's attention and attacks are not towards them. We must never act in this way and deserve the trust of people who would like to confide in us!

Point 3: Commitment and sincere desire to see others success

Here are definitions in the dictionary:

COMMITMENT:

"Action to bind someone by word or contract".

Here is what the Bible says:

Proverbs 17; 17:

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity"

1 Corinthians 10; 24:

"Let no one seek his own interest, but let everyone look for someone else's"

Romans 15; 1-3:

"We who are strong, we must bear the weaknesses of those who are not, and not to please ourselves. May each of us please the neighbor for what is good for the edification. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, The reproaches of those who insult you have fallen on me"

1 Corinthians 12; 25-26:

"So that there is no division in the body, but that members also care for each other. And if a member suffers, all members suffer with him; if a member is honored, all members rejoice with him"

1 Corinthians 13; 4-7:

"Love is patient, it is full of kindness, love is not envious, it does not boast, it does not swell with pride. He does not do anything dishonest. He does not seek his interest, he does not irritate himself, he does not suspect evil. He does not rejoice at injustice, but he rejoices at the truth. He excuses everything, he believes everything, he hopes everything, he supports everything"

So in summary, the very nature of sin is to be self-centered with a focus of "What's in it for me? ". No matter what sin we do, it will always be because we thought of ourselves first. If we commit adultery it is because WE want to have fun. If we refuse to pay our taxes it is because WE want to keep our money for us. If we lie to someone it is because WE want to save ourselves from certain consequences. Whenever we sin it is always US. But God is asking us to leave our "We" aside and live for others around us. Where God is present, there is a real desire to see others succeed; a desire to pray, encourage and help each other.

Point 4: The vision of our objective to look back to Jesus

Here are definitions in the dictionary:

VISION:

"Way of seeing a set of things".

VISIONARY:

"Someone who has crazy and / or extravagant ideas".

GOAL :

"Objective to reach".

Here is what the Bible says:

Proverbs 29; 18:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish"

1 Peter 2; 22-24:

"He who did not commit sin, and in whose mouth no fraud was found; he who, insulted, did not abuse, abused, made no threats, but relied on him who judges rightly. He who bore our sins in his own body on the tree, so that, dead to sins, we should live for righteousness, by whose bruises you were healed"

John 15; 13:

"There is no greater love than giving your life for your friends"

John 20; 21b:

"As the Father sent me, so am I sending you"

So in summary, our goal is to be like Jesus. What does it look like? Jesus, whatever Son of God, came to serve us to the point where He gave His life because He wanted something better for us. He could just have just asked us to worship him and He would have been right to do it. But instead, he is coming to wash our feet and die for us. Are we ready also to "wash the feet" of our citizens and to "die" because we want a better future for them?

Conclusion

So I challenge you for the next month to put these 4 principles into practice in your workplace. Dare to be creative! Dare to be visionaries and have crazy ideas even extravagant!

Dare to have fun with God by choosing a color in your head and then go to pray for the first policeman you will see at the station that will have a car of the color you have chosen! Dare to dine with a policeman who is rejected by others! Dare to take under your wing someone who has difficulty at work! Dare to walk around the locker room at work, passing your hand over police lockers while praying for them! Dare to see your bosses and ask them what his career goals are and then pray sincerely for his success.

Dare to bring the kingdom of God on earth !!!