“Be courageous” is written in the imperative mood present tense in the Greek language, therefore this statement should be taken as a command given by Jesus to all living Christians. Therefore, peace in the middle of suffering comes when we live our lives courageously, anchored in the love of Jesus. The fact that Jesus has conquered the world fills the mind of those thus anchored in Jesus and his love. Suffering comes to everyone; we get to choose how we walk through suffering and how we think when we are suffering. Jesus simply got to the bottom line on dealing with suffering, “Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” Like the line in that old song, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.”
Anyone who struggles with fear or anxiety, there is hope. We can renew our mind and live courageously. The best way to handle fear and anxiety is to give the fear to God. If you have a habit of fear or anxiety, it may take a little more work. I have found that meditating on scripture is an excellent way to build one up in the Lord. To meditate on a scripture just spend time thinking about the words and the context of scripture. It also helps to repeat the scripture aloud. I have included some verses on courage meditate on these scriptures. Read the scriptures surrounding these verses for context. All verses are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
Matt 9:2 Just then, some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.
Matt 9:22 But Jesus turned and saw her. “Have courage daughter,” He said. “Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that moment.
Matt 14:27 Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Mark 6:50 for they all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said, “Have Courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”
Mark 10:49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call Him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; He’s calling for you.”
Luke 8:48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Acts 23:11 But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Have courage! For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”