A boxer that gets knocked down during a fight has not lost. A boxer that finds himself face down on the mat has not lost. A boxer that hears the referee begin his count to ten has not lost. A boxer loses the match only when he refuses to get back up after being knocked down.
Paul wrote concerning the preaching of the gospel, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9). Continue reading