Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Word Study Wednesday -- Perseverance

… we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ~Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

Paul listed perseverance as the first trait produced from sufferings.

According to Dictionary.com, perseverance means “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”

The Greek word used for perseverance is hupomone, which most often translates as patience. To persevere is to have patience under trials.

Often times when I’m facing a situation, I want it resolved instantly. But in the midst of those trials is when I receive the training I need to develop in my walk with Christ. Training comes in steady, controlled increments.

Let’s seek the Lord in all situations allowing Him to develop in us the perseverance (a.k.a. patience) we need to be shaped and molded more each day in His image. Let’s not ever give up or quit in this process. Hang onto Christ and we’ll persevere.

Engrafted by His Grace--

4 gracious comments:

Leah said...

This is soooo one that I need to daily cultivate in my life. Perseverence, not just with regard to situations, but also in regard to people. How often we grow impatient with others! How dare we after the patience the Lord has shown to us!!

Lord, help me.

Leah

Peggy Reeves said...

Thanks for sharing your personal insight. This verse gives hope that good will come out of our persevering. It's always good to be reminded God is working.

Cherdecor said...

I am trying my best to persevere to study the Word of God every day. I am really, really working at that.I know that that is where my wisdom come from and that is where my source of strength comes from.

Good post, Shonda. We all need to be reminded.

Kathy S. said...

Great words! I just finished reading "Stand" about persevering. A chapter by John McArthur, Jerry Bridges, John Piper, Randy Alcorn & Helen Rosevere.

Good Good book! Keeping our eyes on the goal. Keeping the mark in our sight...

And I love how you tied in patience. isn't that what Jesus says in Revelation? This calls for patient endurance of the saints...