2 Timothy 1:8B-10
Beloved: Bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.
God saved us and called us to a holy life,
not according to our works
but according to God's own design
and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began,
but now made manifest
through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus,
who destroyed death and brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel.
God knows it's not easy
living a life of grace
Grace that doesn't just consist of
grinning and bearing it
or being tolerant of others
when we disagree with them
or even abhor their actions.
But grace, that really stimulates love
from the inside out
Grace that stirs compassion in us
Grace that moves us
to work for justice
-that's the kind of hardship
that we must bear
for the sake of the gospel
That's the kind of grace
that Christ lived
all the way to the cross.
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