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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
When the Spartans marched into battle they advanced with cheerful songs, willing to fight; but when the Persians entered the conflict, you could hear, as the regiments came on, the crack of whips by which the officers drove the cowards to the fray. You need not wonder that a few Spartans were more than a match for thousands of Persians, that in fact they were like lions in the midst of sheep. So let it be with the church; never should she need to be forced to reluctant action, but full of irrepressible life, she should long for conflict against everything which is contrary to God. Were we enthusiastic soldiers of the cross we should be like lions in the midst of herds of enemies, and through God's help nothing would be able to stand against us.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Zeal (2)'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/z/zeal-2.html. 1870.