Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
There is indeed a great reward from having confidence: One who walks in confidence begins to be released from the tyranny of the voices of self-accusation. A follower of the Savior, who is confident, brings Light to a dark world. Confidence begins to mute chronic second-guessing and painful “should of’s”. A believer who grows in confidence, speaks a gentle word that can have significant impact on the hearer. Confidence puts false pride to flight and welcomes loving affirmation. Genuine confidence (not boasting or bravado) creates humility and is attractive, drawing and inviting others in. Growing confidence can hear the Lord’s gentle voice of loving correction and not fall into condemnation. Holy confidence makes a Christian dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. Confidence can change the spiritual atmosphere, is disarming and enticing. Confidence shrinks and uproots internal fears and anxieties, causing one to boldly seek and receive grace. Confidence eases the way into both asking for and the giving of forgiveness. Confidence, like light disperses shadows and drives out soul-crippling shame. Confident Christians are able to see, truly see, those around them. One living in true confidence more accurately reflects the heart of the Father, as did His confident Son. I could wrote so much more!
As the first part of the verse above indicates, confidence can not be taken from us, but we can throw it away. Let’s not!
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
(2 Cor 3:4-6)
The scripture above clearly shares with us that our confidence does not come from our own adequacy or from ourselves. It is from God. It is not from the law, it is the life-giving Spirit. That’s good news.
16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence….
(1 John 4:16-17)
The above verses reveal the obvious. It is no less than the stunning, extravagant, mind blowing, pulse raising, humbling love of God that is the source and maintenance of our confidence. Thanks be to God!