Persevere With Violence

(This blog was originally published by Amy Maxwell on November 9, 2015)

When Paul  talks about perseverance produces character he neglects to tell you about the violence that will be required.  I was in Las Vegas this week testing for a Krav Maga rank that far exceeds my natural perseverance levels.   While in a drill being attacked by a stick a knife and a gun I had a moment where I was done.  My hands did not want to stay up, I simply did not want to continue.  I had a fleeting thought of sitting down or saying to the founder of Krav Maga, I am done time out. See with the enemy there is no time out.  He is always waiting for you to drop your hands, sit down for awhile, not care how many stabs or hits you take.  That is his way.  So when Paul says in Romans 5:3-5 and not only this but we exault in our tribulations knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance and perseverance proven character and proven character hope; and hope does not disappoint beaches the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spririt who was given to us.”

 I am not saying testing voluntarily is the same as surviving the enemies schemes, just simply we must imagine that the character we develop each time we resist the urge to sit down and give in produces a hope that is a gift for us.  It will never disappoint and in the end we reap a character that shines light into a dark hurting world.  This is the violence we must do to mold ourselves when our will wants to take a break.  A bruise to our ego, a cut to our pride are nothing compare to the Holy Spirit bleeding life for the world out of us.