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Sometimes life can be a real struggle. Whether it’s relationships, finances, health concerns, or the many influences the world throws at us, we can get tired. We can prefer to just settle in, let everything, everyone, do whatever it/they want to do, and just exist and stop caring one way or another.
Aren’t you glad Jesus never did that? Boy, I am. I am also glad He reminds me that each of us has a purpose, each of us has gifts, each of us has a divine appointment. Sometimes that divine appointment is no more than a smile. Sometimes it is buying a cart full of groceries for the person down the street. Sometimes it is paying a light bill, or giving someone a ride, or sharing a moment of friendship when time is ticking away out of your favor. Each appointment as individualistic to the giver as God’s Grace has been, still is, to us.
The Bible has several verses that deal with perseverance, something we all need to reflect on, pray about, pray for, and trust God’s strength to enable us to do.
Allow me to share some of these verses to build you up, to encourage you, and help you persevere in the turmoil of life surrounding us. God is there for us, ready to help us as we travel the road toward Him.
James 1:12 NIV
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Galatians 6:9 NIV
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Romans 5:3-5 NIV
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
James 1:2-4 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.