Courage is not fearless but going on with fear.
Courage is not boldness where fear is not appreciated.
Courage is even not bravery but its soul.
Courage is in fact the son of fear of nobler object. The opposite is thus cowardliness, which is the son of fear of the ignoble. So, courage is the triumph of noble fear within a person.
The greatest courage is certainly connected to the noblest — God. “fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28) thus are we taught by the Wisest.
“Fearless” people may boast that they look down upon death (of flesh). But they are not really without fear. As Aristotle rightly put it: …while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
The grandest courage is born of fearing God. The latter is, however, never lack of or separated from loving God. It is out of the true fear and true love of God that one can obtain true courage.
Lying is usually of no courage for the reason as Montaigne brilliantly put: A liar would be brave toward God, while he is a coward toward men; for a lie faces God, and shrinks from man. But if lying originates from fearing God, like what Rahab did, it is then true courage.
True courage is not exactly an ability of doing what others rarely dare to do, but of honestly facing and condemning the evil within oneself. The latter cannot be fulfilled without the help from the above. Thus courage is more about witnesses than self-achievements, and it is never heroism.