When we stand before any duty, whatever peril or cost it may involve, let us not hesitate to do it. You cannot turn away from duty save at the peril of your soul. Forget not the momentous word of Christ: "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matthew 16:25 and Luke 9:24). There are times when the best use we can make of our life is to give it up. life that is saved by shrinking from duty is not worth saving. It has been stained, and has lost its glory in the saving. It is infinitely better to die in the way of duty than to live by cowardice or disloyalty to Christ or by any unfaithfulness.
Matthew 10:39: He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (KJV)
Mark 8:35: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. (KJV)
Luke 17:33: Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. (KJV)
John 12:25: He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. (KJV)
Philippians 3:7-8: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (KJV)