Archive for February, 2006

Never Give In

Friday, February 24th, 2006

What many people think of as Winston Churchill’s shortest speech was actually much longer than it is usually described as being. Much of the speech is frequently forgotten in light of the powerful simplicity of the well remembered fragment cited below:

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Truly these words stand out. The simple repetition, instead of getting dull, increases the impact of the simple message– never give in.

These words have gained much fame among men, but in reality they only echo words God spoke to us long ago in the Bible in such passages as 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” and James 1:2-4,12 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. … Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

The wisdom of Churchill is appealing, but the wisdom of God is unfailing. Never give in. Continue resolutely in the work of the LORD.