By Undre Griggs, Jr
To be such an under-discussed topic, there can be no mistaking the results of being a coward.
Revelations 21:8: But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
There are multiple reasons that being a coward will lead to your destruction. If you are a coward, that means you lack the understanding of God’s power and you do not have the necessary faith spoken of in Hebrews chapter 11. God did not give us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). If you seek the Lord, He will answer and deliver you from all of your fears (Psalms 34:4). These two verses help us begin to understand why it would be difficult to be a Christian and a coward at the same time. If you trust in the Lord, you understand He will deliver you from all of your fears and keep you safe. This is not a promise that bad things won’t happen to you or those you love, but a promise that He will be there to guide and protect you.
If you are a coward, you are going to travel the easy, wide path that leads to destruction.
Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
The thought of being afraid is not a sin, but the fruition of your fear (the lack of action that results), is a sin. If you are a coward, you will not be willing to make the tough decisions. You have let fear beat you and as a result, you would have fallen short of being a faithful Christian. You will undoubtedly compromise the Word to avoid persecution and you will certainly compromise your values and morals to keep from ruffling feathers. Be unyielding for the Lord. Be strong and show love in all interactions. Be the light that cannot be hidden.