“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” 2 Timothy 2:3-4 If anyone knew about hardship it was Paul. He’d been through a bunch of it! Criticized and ostracized from most of his countrymen. Probably rejected by some of his own family. He was beaten on several occasions, once even left for dead. Add to that getting bitten by a poisonous snake and shipwrecked and you have someone who is familiar with hardship.

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