Put Faith before Fear
Nehemiah put faith before fear. Being sad before the king was punishable by death and so when the king notices that Nehemiah looks sad he is understandably afraid and yet declares the truth. I was very much afraid but said to the king May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers were buried lies in ruins, and its gates. Put your faith before fear and invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church.