Friday, April 25, 2008

Mental Toughness, 3

Continued from "Mental Toughness, 2"

For the Christian, inner toughness begins with Christ by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand." In the Bible, grace can mean favor (in theological context, unmerited favor) ; it can also mean help given to a favored one. You can go through a lot if you know you occupy a privileged position with God.

Further, the Christian's standing causes him to rejoice in his ultimate destiny, the "hope of the glory of God." Paul goes on to say, "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also." He thus links the believer's ultimate hope with present difficult situations. This puts me in mind of "Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame." (Heb. 12:2)

In His human nature, Christ endured the cross because he kept before His eyes the confident expectation (hope) of His joy (fulfillment of His redemptive mission, and the Father's approval). The recruit, similarly survives boot camp as he keeps . . . .

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.

. . . . Well, I didn't get to the actual process, today. I address that in "Mental Toughness, 4"

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