Bravery and courage versus fear and cowardice. These qualities are inward attributes that are outwardly revealed by how we respond to the circumstances of life. And the type of person you are is determined by the spirit you carry.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. – Bible or Not?
One would think that a coward would be much less exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit, thinking that a coward would avoid confrontation at all costs. But this quote is about exposure more than engagement, saying that the coward is more exposed, meaning that they are more likely to find themselves in situations that could lead to quarrel.
The difference between a coward and a man or woman of spirit is that the former is not likely to take a stand on anything while the latter stands on their principles. The one may shift his ideals from one situation to the next while the other is clear and firm on their ideals regardless of the situation. If we blow with the wind, no wonder we may get caught up in a hurricane.
The idea of taking a stand on principle, and being clear about where you stand, is taught by Jesus when he says, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37 New King James Version).
The author of the quote, “A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit”, was Thomas Jefferson. He was a man who understood that those who stand on principle and conviction, and are unwavering yet respectful of others, are less likely to be exposed to quarrels. This is the “Man of Spirit”. Taking it one step further, let that “spirit” be the Spirit of God.
And remember, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear (cowardice), but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV