I. Tim. 1:18- This charge, I commit son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may “wage the good warfare…” (Apostle Paul) warfare- strateia- The apostolic career, military warfare, “to contend with carnal inclinations; one of hardship and danger…” “fight the good fight.”
2 Co. 1:1-2 (Message)
And now a personal but most urgent matter; I write in the gentle but firm spirit of Christ. I hear that I’m being painted as cringing and wishy-washy when I’m with you, but harsh and demanding when at a safe distance, writing letter.
Please don’t force me to take a hard line when I’m present with you. Don’t think that I’ll hesitate a single minute to stand up to those who say I’m an unprincipled opportunist. Then they’ll have to eat their words. (Love that) 🙂
2 Co. 10:3-8 (Message)
The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way–never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.