In the Bible, courage is also called “good cheer” as in Mark 6:50 when Jesus gave the command to the disciples who saw Him walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee and coming toward them.
Am I afraid? Yes, many days I am. The good news is that Jesus gives me courage. I have the power of the Holy Spirit in my life.
The Greek word translated “courage” and “good cheer” means literally “boldness and confidence.” In the Bible, courage is the opposite of fear. When God commands me to fear not, to be of good cheer, and to have courage, He is always commanding against fear, which is the opposite of courage.
Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits.
Jesus was quick to comfort them: “Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down. They were stunned, shaking their heads, wondering what was going on. They didn’t understand what he had done at the supper. None of this had yet penetrated their hearts. | Mark 6:47-52
Is there good news? Yes! I can be confident, courageous, and of good cheer because of God and His Son Jesus. “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Master will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared” (Proverbs 3:25-26).
Here is the promise of God’s superintending care for us, a care that is absent from the lives of those who reject Him. But for those who have placed their faith in the Messiah for life, we are to have no fear because “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
In this great promise lies the basis of our confidence, our courage, and our good cheer.