Fight the Good Fight

Do not fear the reproach of others, and do not be dismayed when they revile you.

Isaiah 51:7
Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right.
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
thy joy and crown eternally.
Run the straight race through God's good grace;
lift up thine eyes and seek Christ's face.
Life with its way before us lies;
Christ is the path and Christ the prize.
Cast care aside; lean on thy Guide;
God's boundless mercy will provide.
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life and Christ its love.
Faint not nor fear, God's arms are near;
God changeth not, and thou art dear.
Only believe, and thou shalt see
that Christ is all in all to thee. 
 John Monsell (1863)

Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
 1 Timothy 6:12
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
We give you thanks, O God, for all who have fought the good fight, finished their race, and kept the faith. Grant us grace to follow them as they followed Christ. Bring us, with them, to those things which no eye has seen, nor ear heard, which you have prepared for those who love you.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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