When you’ve got something to lose

When I think of the word “courage” it makes me think of taking a stand on a difficult issue, or doing the right thing when it’s hard, or facing an illness or accusation with steely resolve.

Courage is also word people invoke when preparing for battle.

But I’d like to throw a different nuance into the mix:

Courage is admitting you’re wrong, especially when you’ve got something to lose.

It’s easy to be right. You usually don’t need courage to be right.

But it’s hard to admit when you’re wrong. In fact, I think that’s why a lot of people have so many bitter arguments. It’s not because they want to uncover the truth—it’s because they want to “win”! And they certainly don’t want to admit they’re wrong!

So the key question for you and me is this: Are you willing to lose an argument—or are you willing to let go of what you thought you knew—to put the truth first?

Psalm 145:18 says that “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

The truth, love and presence of God trumps the presence of foes.

The truth, love and presence of God trumps the presence of fear.

The truth, love and presence of God trumps—or should trump—our egotistical craving to be right 100% of the time.

I’m not sure what you’re dealing with today. But when and if you’re wrong, just admit it. A life following Jesus isn’t designed to glorify your own reputation or win/loss record in the argument department… it’s to glorify God. He’s the audience who matters most.

And I’m pretty sure he cares more about the integrity of your heart than your ability to stubbornly defend an untruth.

Courage is admitting you’re wrong, especially when you’ve got something to lose.

By Matthew Ruttan

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