As Paul's ministry comes to an end, he seeks to instill valor into Timothy's with a given command:
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
One of the most difficult things to tell a person is what they don't want to hear, especially if the person is habitually prideful or easily offended. Often times, however, that's when they need to hear it the most.
While I don't believe Timothy lived in either of these camps, he had his fair share of tribulations coming and Paul wanted him to be on guard. Jesus expressed similar concerns for his disciples and cautioned them likewise:
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
In a time when our culture is more exercised in satisifying people's feelings than doing what is right, it is good to know that God cares enough about us to tell us what we need to know and, through his obedience even unto the death of the cross to purchase our salvation, set the supreme example of enduring afflictions, even when it didn't "feel good."
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
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