courage,

Be of good courage,and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm31.24

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Billy Graham


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the honest to goodness truth


But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:8-11


Son, always tell the truth. Then you’ll never have to remember what you said last time.
Sam Rayburn


Express a mean opinion of yourself occasionally; it will show your friends that you know how to tell the truth. Edgar Watson Howe

Telling the truth is like the sun shinning and exposing all the dark corners so you have nothing to hide. It fills the cold heart with warmth and frees the mind.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Eph4:32


The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he ‘likes’ them: the Christian, trying to treat every one kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on – including people he could not even have imagined himself liking at the beginning. C.S. Lewis


Being kind includes speaking kindly as well – using “soft words” as a verbal hug.


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

When times are tough, try picturing yourself in the hollow of His hand. It will bring you peace.