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What would you do if 2,000 enemy soldiers and 40 tanks attacked you? That’s where 120 Indian soldiers found themselves in December of 1971. Pakistan attacked India in a war that lasted only a couple of weeks. One focus of the attack was the outpost at Longewala. Even though the Indian soldiers stationed there only possessed one heavy weapon, they stood their ground. They battled against the Pakistani forces through the night. When the battle ended the following day, over 200 enemy soldiers were dead and nearly every tank was destroyed. The Indian force only lost two men.*
Sometimes, the best thing to do when attacked is to stand your ground. This is especially true in the Christian life. 2 Peter 1:5-7 says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (NIV 1984)
The word perseverance used in this passage describes someone who stands his or her ground, who hangs in there, who doesn’t quit. The word describes the Indian soldiers who fought on, even when seriously outnumbered and at a disadvantage. Do you feel like the entire world is against your faith? Hang in there. Add perseverance to your faith in Jesus.
*”The 6 best defensive stands in military history,” We Are the Mighty, April 22, 2021, https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-history/the-6-best-defensive-stands/
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