Godly leaders act in love and truth regardless of the cost (2Cor 4:5). Victory costs! Paul knew this when he became a believer. The Lord said about Paul, “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:16).
This realization did not discourage Paul. He understood that present afflictions would increase his glory beyond (2Cor 4:17-18). Have you begun to see things from Paul’s optimistic perspective? Pray for yourself and other leaders to focus on that future glory and willingly pay the cost of victory.