Why We Fight

“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”     Hebrews 12:3-4 NKJV

          Some of us have a higher physical pain tolerance then others. Yet most of the pain we will face in this life goes beyond the physical. How well do we endure the pain of rejection or abuse? How do we respond to the pain of guilt or shame? What about the pain associated with temptation? How well do we navigate the discomfort of delayed gratification? There is no small amount of pain associated with denying appetite. Where does the strength come from to face pain in all its forms without caving into the pressure of lust, rage, or hopelessness?

          History reveals that rightly motivated we can be inspired to endure enormous trials without yielding the fight. Countless men and women have braved unspeakable things yet found strength to be more than conquerors through Christ. How does Jesus deliver us from being controlled by our pain and instead lead us to glorify him in the face of it?

          Fear of pain is a powerful motivator yet a far greater motivating power exists. Love has no equal. Through his great love Jesus conquered death. It was our Savior’s love which overcame the fear and pain of the cross. Jesus understood our desperate condition and knew his pain was accomplishing our deliverance, this alone enabled him to endure.

          Only love can inspire us to deny ourselves. When we consider the sacrifice which has been made on our behalf we find strength to deny self for the sake of others. We never find deliverance alone, when we battle temptation we blaze a trail for others to follow. If we are battling against sin with only our own salvation in mind we will fail. We were created to fight for the good of others. Until our battle considers the glory of God and the salvation of our loved ones we will continue to yield to self. When we deny self we are protecting the temporal and eternal happiness of those we love. When the enemy comes in like a flood we resist for love’s sake. Self preservation will never be a strong enough motive to overcome.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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