The Greek word translated as strive means the following:
To fight physically or verbally.
So how can Christ require His servants to check and hold or fight or fornicate? He can’t and He hasn’t.
- to fight
- of armed combatants, or those who engage in a hand to hand struggle
- of those who engage in a war of words, to quarrel, wrangle, dispute
- of those who contend at law for property and privileges
Origin: middle voice of an apparently root word
TDNT entry: 12:47,6
Part(s) of speech: Verb
Strong’s Definition: Middle voice of an apparently primary verb; to war, that is, (figuratively) to quarrel, dispute: – fight, strive.