Enduring Hardness: The Mark of a Good Soldier (2 Timothy 2:1-5)Bro. Mike Meade, January 7, 2018
Part of the Preparing for Battle series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
When you think about a good solider you probably think of someone who is fearless, brave, obeys orders, willing to lay down his life for others, someone who is strong physically and mentally. But do you consider their suffering? The bad conditions, long hours, distance from home? A good soldier suffers, and is willing to do so.
The same can be said about soldiers in the Lord's army. Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, tells us that enduring hardness (hardships) makes us a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
But you can't endure hardness unless you are in the right mindset.
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2 Timothy 2:1-5
1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. (KJV)