…I have tried to behave courageously all day today.
I don’t know how well I have done, but I have tried.
There has to be some good reason Jesus recommends courage to people who are hurting, even prior to His actions to relieve their suffering. I wonder if it is because Jesus knows this; regardless of how fully Jesus works to minister to suffering persons, they will suffer again, they will see others suffer and ultimately they will need courage to get through it all.
I watch the TV guys and listen to the other rich preachers tell suffering people how God will deliver them from all pain, if only they will exercise faith. Yes, I know, faith is important and you really cannot have a godly experience of grace without faith, but, Jesus recommends courage as well as faith.
And courage can be very tough.