Moral Courage

Some one whimsically defined courage as "having done the thing before," by this meaning that a man who had been in one fight would have less trepidation in entering the next, and so by a process of experience in contest come to be intrepid. Possibly this may be the course of physical courage, and in result it may follow from a learning of the bodily powers and endurance, or sometimes from a trying out of the resources of cunning.

In the first year of Saul's reign, his son Jonathan induced a contest with the Philistines by taking possession of the garrison at Geba. Later, when the war was in operation, he performed a feat which made the whole army love him. With only his armor-bearer to assist him, he clambered up the rocks into a garrison of the Philistines, and with vehement slaughter laid low a score of their men, so that a panic spread through the enemies' ranks. When later he satisfied his hunger, unaware of his father's foolish adjuration cursing any one who should eat food before sundown, and the king after the drawing of lots had discovered him and thought that he must put him to death, the people rescued him because of their admiration for his courage.

Life Eternal
July 31, 1915

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