This is a short paragraph, just a few sentences, but full of lots of insight from the Lord. Four items stood out to me as I read and wrote and prayed through this.
1. waging good warfare – I am reminded of fighting against spiritual powers using spiritual weapons. We are called to wage the battle and make it good. Everything we do and minister and live has spiritual dimensions to it, and we must pray through, in Word and Spirit, against our enemy.
2. hold faith – We persevere to the end. “Lord I believe, help me in my unbelief.” We must not waver and look to the storms, but look to the master of the storm Himself.
3. hold a good conscience – Guilt and past deeds can plague us and tear us down. We focus on the gospel and walk with the Savior. I found this post on overcoming guilt very helpful and applicable to this aspect of the passage.
4. making a shipwreck of faith and handing over to Satan – This is difficult to deal with. To think that these guys had backslidden so far as to Paul “turning them over” is distressing. May it not be so for me and my brothers and sisters in Christ.