[Rembrandt's Apostle Paul]
Fighting isn't really my bag, to be honest. I've had a few fights in my life, and lost most of them. I also played High School football & lacrosse, which can be like a war out there on the playing field. There can be hard knocks and intense struggles in this life, or you could say, "I have a fight for life on my hands."
These kinds of fights have their own heaviness, and can leave bruises for sure. But the fight Paul is telling Timothy about, is much more intense. This fight is a spiritual fight. It's a fight my soul has to fight against a world full of devils and spiritual evil. And make no mistake, it can be hard, even excruciatingly intense. BUT, I have the Lord. And every Christian for that matter has his, or her, Lord fighting their battle with them.
Here are a few words from JC Ryle that may encourage us:
"Let us settle it in our minds that the Christian fight is a good fight--really good, truly good, emphatically good. We see only part of it yet. We see the struggle, but not the end; we see the campaign, but not the reward; we see the cross, but not the crown. We see a few humble, broken-spirited, penitent, praying people, enduring hardships and despised by the world; but we see not the hand of God over them, the face of God smiling on them, the kingdom of glory prepared for them. These things are yet to be revealed. Let us not judge by appearances. There are more good things about the Christian warfare than we see."