Endure hardness, as a
good soldier of Jesus Christó2 Tim.
The true soldier does
not debate his cause. He is rightly supposed to have settled upon
its justice and righteousness before he enlisted to serve it.
Thereafter he avouches it and defies contradiction of it. He is
ready to spend all and be all spent in its defense. It is glorious
to serve Christ in honesty and in fulness of fidelity. There is an
ineffable joy in being on the right side, in knowing that beyond the
field of blood and the valley of shadows is an abundant entrance
into the joys and peace of the triumphant King of kings. For that
hope none should shrink from the hardness of battle, none quail
before the rage of the enemy, and none tremble before the certainty
of hunger, thirst, nakedness, wounds or
passages: Heb. 2:10; Isa. 59: 16, 17; 54: 17; Eph. 6:10-17; Rom. 13:
12; 2.Cor. 6: 7; 10:4,5; 1. Thes. 5:8; 1.Tim. 6:12; 2.Tim. 4:7; 1.Cor. 16:13; 1.Pet. 5:8,9; Phil. 1:27; 4:1; Josh. 1:6,7;