Courage(ous) = mental or moral strength
Coward = excessively afraid of danger or pain
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua 1:6-9 (NIV)
6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 10:25 (NIV) Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”
2 Chronicles 19:11b (NIV) “Act with courage, and may the Lord be with those who do well.”
2 Chronicles 32:7 (NIV) “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
Matthew 14:27 (NIV) But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Acts 4:13 (NIV) When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 23:11 (NIV) The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
Acts 27:22 (NIV) But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV) Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Philippians 1:20 (NIV) I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Hebrews 3:6 (NIV) But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our courage and the hope in which we glory.
Thank You, O God! You command us to be COURAGEOUS. And do NOT fear or be afraid, which means no need to be a coward. You said:
Be on your guard
Stand firm in the faith
God will never leave you nor forsake you
I (God) swore to their ancestors
The Lord will do to all your enemies
May the Lord be with those who do well
A greater power with us than with him
“It is I” (Jesus)
These men had been with Jesus
You must also testify
Not one of you will be lost
Christ will be exalted
May we hold firmly to our courage. It is The Hope in which we Glory!
In Jesus name. Amen