Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ – 2 Timothy 2:3
Patience is an important virtue for every Christian. The Bible admonishes us to add it to our faith: “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience…” (2 Peter 1:5-6).
The key word that describes what the Apostle Peter is talking about is endurance—‘stickability!’ It refers to staying power; the ability to “keep keeping on” in the face of opposition! No matter what happens, refuse to buckle under any pressure; endure with hope. Things may look hard and very challenging; if you ever find yourself in such a situation, endure; go through it! Stick with what you believe! Don’t give up.
In your life, learn to endure hardship with hope. Some people endure without hope, but patience without hope is useless. Patience must be in expectation of a positive outcome; you’re hopeful of a better and brighter day ahead, and you create the picture in your mind.
Tough situations are for tough minds; those who faint or cower in the day of adversity are of little strength (Proverbs 24:10). Therefore, endure hardness with hope, joy, and gladness, knowing that in all things, you’re more than a conqueror.
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Dear Father, I thank you for giving me hope in Christ Jesus. I know that my tomorrow is greater than my today because the path of the just is as a shining light that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. I’m confident to face anything that comes my way, because I know my victory is assured, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Galatians 5:22-23 (Good News Bible); Hebrews 10:35-36