Explaining Why There Are Different Kinds of Courage

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Courage takes courage, and that is why there are different types of it. We use several types of courage to get through different types of circumstances. There are times when you have to do something that you may feel uncomfortable doing. You may have to find some way to do it because the consequences of not doing it are much too significant. Think about our soldiers who have fought in a war or battle. A patient going through chemotherapy, or how about a firefighter going into a burning building to save a life. 

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There is a difference between courage and bravery, even though we use them simultaneously when we talk or write. Bravery is when you confront a situation that may be dangerous or painful without fear.  Courage is when you confront a situation knowing it could be dangerous or painful despite being afraid or fearful. With courage, you override your feelings of fear and keep going.

Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, was a civil rights leader, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and became South Africa’s first Black President. He once said this about courage “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” 

There are different types of courage. Physical courage is when you have to face fighting in a war, a surgery, or fighting off a burglar. Physical courage is finding out and fighting a terrible illness. A first responder diving down to save people in a trapped car sinking underwater. These are all examples of physical courage. 

When you stand up for something that you strongly believe in, it is called ethical courage. Ethical courage includes having the courage to talk about your religion or maybe moral reasons to speak out about something like saving our planet from global warming. We can also experience this kind of courage when we talk in front of people and want to sell or persuade an idea about someone or something. 

You have to have the courage to lead. Authoritative courage is when a person that has authoritative courage will express ideas and theories. Usually, when you experience authoritative courage, you are not afraid of failure and anticipate positive results from sharing your thoughts. College professors and teachers experience authoritative courage all the time as do news reporters and yes, even bloggers!  

Another type of courage is psychological courage. You have to have courage when you go through something psychologically draining, like bullying. Overcoming depression and hopelessness from something that once happened that was hard to get through is psychological courage. Breaking or overcoming an addiction is also considered psychological courage.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 

A good question to ask is, how do you get courage? Keep in mind the opposite of courage is fear. God commands us not to fear. Fear is mentioned 365 times in the Bible! That is how many days there are in a year. Sometimes you have to face your fear to encounter courage. You have to have a supernatural internal force inside you to help you with any type of courage. 

With God’s help, you can receive the internal energy to have the courage you are asking for or need. Sometimes your courage can overcome fear in a split second without conscious thought because it is God’s command in action. Knowing how God feels about fear, who do you think is the most courageous to walk the Earth?… God’s Son, Jesus. 

Eleanor Roosevelt, who did many courageous acts, had this to say…”Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”

Author: Tami
Author: Tami

Founder and CEO of Oak and Lee Ministry, Tami is a mom of 7 and a motivational writer. With God’s hand on her heart, Tami created O&L Ministry to not change the world but to reach one person everyday and point them in the right direction no matter where they are.

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