How To Be Strong
1 Timothy 4:8: For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Doing something for someone else is good exercise. It strengthens your unselfish muscles. Doing selfish things strengthens your selfish muscles. It makes you grotesque. When you do something for someone else your physical muscles and your unselfish muscles work together. Both benefit. When you do selfish things your physical muscles and your unselfish muscles oppose each other. And your physical muscles prevail over your unselfish muscles.
Look around you. The unselfish people are strong in the right things and the selfish people are strong in the wrong things. You enjoy those around you that do things for you or others. You enjoy those that do things for the Lord. You don*t enjoy those that benefit themselves at your expense or the expense of others. You don*t enjoy those that oppose God. They oppose Him because they don*t know Him.
Our unselfish muscles need to be at least as strong as our selfish muscles, preferably stronger.
Matthew 22:39b: . . . Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Here*s another way to be strong. Know the Lord.
Daniel 11:32: And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Knowing the Lord provides nourishment for our unselfish muscles and doing things for others provides exercise for them. We need both. God*s muscles are ALL unselfish. He has no selfish muscles. His goal is for us to be like Him. And it should be our goal as well. When a man is said to be godly, it means that he is like God.
1 Timothy 4:8b: . . . godliness is profitable unto all things, . . .
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Daniel 11:32: