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Strengthened by Grace

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February 19, 2021 7:00 pm

Strengthened by Grace

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February 19, 2021 7:00 pm

During the American Civil War, the penalty for desertion was execution. But the Union armies rarely executed deserters because their commander-in-chief Abraham Lincoln pardoned nearly all of them. This infuriated Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, who believed that Lincoln’s leniency only enticed would-be deserters. But Lincoln empathized with soldiers who had lost their nerve and who had given in to their fear in the heat of battle. And his empathy endeared him to his soldiers. They loved their “Father Abraham,” and their affection led the soldiers to want to serve Lincoln all the more.

When Paul calls Timothy to join him in “suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3), he calls him to a tough job description. A soldier is to be completely dedicated, hard-working, and selfless. He’s to serve his commanding officer, Jesus, whole-heartedly. But in reality, we sometimes fail to be His good soldiers. We don’t always serve Him faithfully. And so Paul’s opening phrase is important: “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). Christ, our commanding officer, is full of grace. He empathizes with our weaknesses and forgives our failures (Hebrews 4:15). And just as the Union soldiers were encouraged by Lincoln’s compassion, so believers are strengthened by the grace of Jesus. We want to serve Him all the more because we know He loves us.

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Hi and welcome to today's word of encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled strengthened by grace was written by Colin Campbell during the American Civil War. The penalty for desertion was execution but the Union armies rarely executed deserters because their commander-in-chief Abraham Lincoln pardoned nearly all of them.

This infuriated Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, who believe that Lincoln's leniency only enticed would be deserters but Lincoln empathized with soldiers who had lost their nerve and who had given into their fear in the heat of battle and his empathy endeared him to his soldiers.

They love their father Abraham, and their affection led the soldiers to want to serve Lincoln, all the more. When Paul calls Timothy to join him in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus, and second Timothy two. He calls him to a tough job description. A soldier is to be completely dedicated, hard-working, and selfless. He's to serve his commanding officer. Jesus wholeheartedly, but in reality we sometimes fail to be his good soldiers we don't always serve him faithfully and so Paul's opening phrase is important. Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus our Savior is full of grace.

He empathizes with our weaknesses and forgive us our failures and just as the Union soldiers were encouraged by Lincoln's compassion, so believers are strengthened by the grace of Jesus.

We want to serve him all the more because we know he loves us today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from second Timothy chapter 2 verses one through four.

You then my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others join with me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Let's pray father, thank you for your great grace and your mercy.

While we do want to serve you faithfully and with our whole heart. Our fears sometimes get in the way. Would you please fill us with courage and perseverance, and help us to remain focused on what you have called us to do today.

Thank you, Lord. It's in your son's name that we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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