ENDURANCE

God has made it plain that his people will at times meet suffering, hardship, persecution and other trials. Through their endurance, however, they will prove God’s faithfulness and develop true Christian character (Rom 5:3-4; 2 Cor 1:6; 2 Thess 1:3-4; 2 Tim 2:3-6,10-13; Heb 11:27; James 1:12; see PERSECUTION; SUFFERING; TESTING). Endurance means that Christians will have to tolerate insults and injustice (1 Cor 6:7; 13:7; 2 Tim 3:10-11); but through persistence in prayer and the inward work of the Holy Spirit, they will be able to rejoice through it all (Rom 12:11-12; Gal 5:22). (For discussion on this aspect of endurance see PATIENCE.) Endurance means that Christians must always persevere, no matter what the difficulties and temptations. They must maintain their faith in Christ firm to the end (Matt 24:13; Eph 6:13; Heb 3:14; 6:15; Rev 13:10). (For discussion on this aspect of endurance see PERSEVERANCE.)

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