2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 The Good Fight (Edstrom)2017-03-22T04:46:24+00:00

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2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

The Good Fight

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2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

The Good Fight

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Usually when we think of the word “fight” we think of it in a bad way, don’t we? We think of kids hitting one another or adults yelling at each other.

We learn in the Bible to be peaceful, to forgive those who hurt us, and to avoid hurting others.

The apostle, Paul had a difficult life. Part of his difficulties came about because he made bad choices, but later Paul accepted God’s love and made good changes. As a Christian he travelled a lot, telling others about God’s love and because of that he was thrown in jail and held as a prisoner. Even then he wrote letters to other Christians encouraging them to continue living and working as good people – telling others about God’s love.

Paul’s life was difficult and he struggled. Toward the end of his life he said, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith” (4:7).

He speaks about a “good fight.” Another way to think about this word, “fight” is to think of it as a struggle. When you believe in something very strongly you may need to struggle to uphold that belief. What you believe about God is your faith.

Paul says he “fought the good fight” and “kept the faith.” He believed in God and he struggled to do the right thing and tell others about God’s love. He continued to “fight the good fight.”

Even though, at times, we may have problems and difficulties, Paul teaches us to keep doing the right thing. Fight the “good fight.” Be a winner!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan