1 Corinthians 9:26
ESV - 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
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As a teenager I remember my dad bought me a punching bag, which I hung out in our backyard, attached to the house. I loved boxing it and trying to make it go back and forth as fast as I'd seen the pros do it. And my best friend, Dennis J., for 13 years (in a factory where we both worked) had one of those body-size punching bags. He loved it and worked out with it regularly. We were both Christians. He's no longer with us, but he is with the Lord now. The Apostle Paul challenges Christians to fight to win the battle in 1 Corinthians 9:26. He is using figurative language (figures of speech) as the battle is a spiritual one. "Although many scriptures speak out against violence such as Matt 26:52--(Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword"), when Jesus spoke out against the soldiers he did not say combat was morally wrong (Matt. 8:5-13). He even told his disciples to take a defensive sword with them when he knew his arrest was going to happen (Luke 22:36--He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.").--https://oneshotmma.com/is-boxing-a-sin-lets-find-out/
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