… 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--