Sunday, September 15, 2013

1 Timothy 6:12

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."
1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith. :)  I like that.  I think it is interesting that there is often fighting or battle imagery when talking about the gospel, and our efforts to stay faithful.  One thing that it probably illustrates is that God is very aware that it isn't always an easy thing.  Some days it is a joy... others a struggle, and still others an outright war, at least internally.   We know that for Christ as well, it was hard at times.  So, maybe we don't need to feel guilty that we aren't always 100% enthusiastic about every aspect of the gospel, all the time.  ... Doesn't mean that we get a free pass to turn to the dark side of course, but we could be a little easier on ourselves at times.
I like that it is called a good fight.  Most fights probably aren't.  They end up being selfish or cruel... we say things that we don't mean, we hurt people.  The fight of faith though... everybody wins. :)  We're fighting to stay true to our beliefs.  To follow through with our commitments to God. :)   And even though in frustrated moments we sometimes doubt, those are the things that will bring us true joy.
Today, let's acknowledge the difficulty without letting it overwhelm us.  God will support us when we need it.  And when we get our breath back, let's get back in there and fight.  Our only opponents are ourselves, and with God as our coach, there is no way to lose unless we give up.  Let's keep fighting.

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