Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mental Toughness, 2

Continued from "Mental Toughness"

I have been writing about mental toughness lately because, in light of recent trials, I don't feel very tough. Therefore, I've been drawn to this Biblical explanation of the process of becoming mentally tough:

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1-5)

Note that this passage appears in the context of a discussion of the doctrine of justification by faith. Justification by faith teaches that, as sinners, we cannot gain right standing with God on the basis of our own efforts or good works. We can approach Him only by trusting in the perfect life and atoning death of Christ, which God's provides by grace for His people.

This faith brings peace with God and the hope (confident expectation) of one day dwelling in the presence of God's glory. That initial hope of a distant reward is the ground of the Christian's mental toughness. It sets into motion the inward . . . .

The remaining content of this post along with the other posts on Mental Toughness now appear in the e-book How To Cultivate the Christian Martialist Mindset. It is available as part of Gravelbelly's COMBAT PREP PACK.

I want to discuss that process in "Mental Toughness, 3"
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