We behave valiantly whenever we make a situation worth something by being stronghearted; for through courageous, conscientious people God can do what is good in His sight.
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God; and let the Lord do that which is good in his sight. 1 Chronicles 19:13
The word “valiant” is derived from Old French vaillant, from Latin valēns, valent-, present participle of valēre, to be strong, courageous, heroic, brave or stout-hearted.
In a society that is increasingly hostile to Christian ideals and principles, it can be challenging to respond in a valiant manner. However when you make the Bible as the foundation of your principles, manners, living and conduct, then you honor God when you behave valiantly and treat others in a similar manner.
How do you live a valiant life?
Receive whatever comes your in your life. As humans, our natural tendency is to immediately react with anger, sadness or despair. While these things are completely human, they may not necessarily be helpful in the long run.
Instead of reacting, try responding with prayer. Whenever we respond with prayer, we are letting our heavenly Father know that He is the one who is in control of our life, and we are submitting to His will, purpose and plan.
We overcome difficulties, develop character and grow deeper in the likeness of Him when we learn to submit to what the Father permits into our life.
Consider it pure joy my brother, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:2-3
Adversity can be your ally when you partner with God and walk hand in hand with Him. He made you and formed you and knows exactly how to form you into the likeness of His son.
The seasons may change and men may change the laws, but God’s word remains the same yesterday, today and forever. When you remain loving, kind, gentle yet firm and respond in a valiant manner to the trials of this life, God’s light will shine brightly through you in the darkness.
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.