top of page

Be Of Good Cheer

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

“The following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.’” – Acts 23:11

On the surface, Paul seemed bold and confident. But in reality, he had human weaknesses. We see this side after he was threatened by a mob and taken into barracks occupied by Roman soldiers.

Paul must have been concerned because Jesus Himself appeared to him that night. His message? The first words Jesus spoke were that Paul should “be of good cheer.” The Greek word here is rooted in a word meaning boldness and courage.

The mighty apostle Paul needed to be reassured. Even though he was outnumbered with his life in peril, he was reminded that he could face circumstances without fear. He could be bold and even cheerful!

We see the impact of this message the next morning when Paul was calm and decisive with no fear or doubt. He was not discouraged.

If Paul felt discouraged and afraid, we should not be surprised when we do too. But in every situation, like Paul, we can be of good courage. Be encouraged!

The Bible promises that God can supply our every need. No matter how big the obstacles we face, He is with us. We are never alone. No matter who threatens us, we can know that “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NASB).

Today, remember this message: God is with you. You can be of good cheer

Recent Posts

See All

Perfect Love

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” —1 John 4:18 God’s love can be hard to understand becaus

Walking With Grit

Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. – Genesis 6:22 About 3 million people hike along the Appalachian Trail each year. About 3,000 people try to walk the entire trail—fro

The Right Way

The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death. – Proverbs 14:11-12 Many of us have ha


bottom of page