Going through the book of Esther chapter 5, I believe that there are a lot of things that we can learn from the life of Mordecai, especially by the time we get to verse 13. Mordecai showed the importance of being yourself, and being okay to be yourself. He refused to bow before Haman who was so full of pride and full of himself, even when the consequences were dire, even when the consequences involved the possibility of the genocide of his people.
Mordecai showed the importance of standing up for what you believe in and not succumbing to pressure, even to the pressure of death. And this is something that I personally need more of. This passage made me think about what I believe and if I really believe in them. If I believe that the word of God is true and is the truth then I should be willing to take whatever is required to defend that truth, and that’s why we see martyrs such as Peter in the Bible who so believed that he wasn’t afraid to die for the truth- not the truth according to Peter but the ultimate truth- the word of God, Jesus!
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NIV)
P.S: Notes from my personal Bible study.