In this world, you will be faced with troubles and this is part and parcel of life since nobody has a smooth life. The bible refers to a lot of tribulations and trials that come with this life.
Jesus Christ was sent by God here on earth but guess what, He also went through some difficult moments in life.
Perseverance in Christianity in relation to the life of Jesus on here earth is a good example that we all have to go through some tough times down here. We have to stay strong and persevere through our hard times.
Sin is firmly rooted deep within us and that is the reason why we need the saving grace of our lord Jesus Christ as Christians.
Even though we constantly struggle in perseverance, we are assured of hope that is, we are able to ‘hang in there’ because of the grace that we are freely given throughout life.
Definition Perseverance in Christianity
Perseverance, therefore, is referred to as having hope even though one still in difficulty with either no or little success. It denotes the action that one keeps experiencing victory regardless of the actual outcome.
There is a difference between Perseverance and preservation. Preservation means the action or state of keeping safe.
The few synonyms of perseverance are dedications, tenacity, and stamina. Having the urge to move on without stopping at any obstacle or challenge.
Bible Characters Who Pesrsevered
Here are some instances when perseverance was observed in the bible. Bottom line is that You have to hold on in prayers and wait for God to bring you the love of your life or you have just lost your job and still waiting for something to come your way.
It is never easy but you have to hold on in faith and know that your father in heaven will come to your rescue at the right time. Let’s look at those;
Job in the bible was a faithful man who served God and was a diligent follower. Satan wanted to prove a point to God, that he could break man’s will.
So he asked if he could torture Job and God allowed it. The only restriction God placed on Satan was he could not take Job’s life.
“His belongings, livestock, and children were destroyed by natural calamities. Job in the bible was afflicted with terrible skin sores and yet, he persevered and praised God.
God then had mercy on Job and restored his health and all his possessions, granting him twice as much as he had previously, more children and long prosperous life”
2. The Persistent Widow
It details how a widow goes before a Judge, who doesn’t fear God or man. She pleads with the Judge to right a wrong done to her by her adversary. She continually pleaded with him to do so.
After a while, he caved and even though he didn’t fear God or man, he avenged her wrong doing. She essentially wore him down.
Jeremiah was blessed by God and tasked with preaching God’s word to his people. Jeremiah faced threats, prison and much more to share his faith and God’s word.
He was born, lived a sinless life, and taught us how to live by His example. He persevered through agony on the cross. Jesus gave His life for a sinner like you and me, offered the most perfect example of endurance as he finished the race of life perfectly.
How do we persevere as Christians?
As Christians, we persevere by following the following steps while walking in faith. Below is what you should do to persevere in a stable way through any situation.
- Through constant prayer
- Having faith in God
- Seeking advice from religious leaders
- Serving others without expectations
- Continually forgiving others
- Blessing even when persecuted
Biblical Benefits of perseverance
When we persevere as Christian, we will surely enjoy the falling benefits;
1. Have Christ like character
The Christ like character depends on the believer’s perseverance. According to that plans of God that is unfailing, Christians should conform to the image of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:29 -The lord indeed loves us that he gave us his son, so we are not to remain in our sinful state, we are to be transformed and be more like Christ. This process of transforming requires perseverance.
2. Gives use pure Joy
Another reason why we should be able to persevere it is because ultimately enjoy joy. Sin never produce a lasting joy, it only destroys and deceives.
Sin promises more than it is able to provide, it keeps you longer than the actual time you wanted to stay and costs more than you were able to pay. Fellowship with God gives joy in abundance.
3. Provides Eternal life
With perseverance, God promises eternal life through Christ Jesus. Blessed is the man who has been able to preserve because he will receive the crown of life eternal for them that loved him.
- Perseverance reminds you of the benefits of self-denial
- Perseverance makes you desperate for God.
- Perseverance reminds you that you have been equipped your entire life for what you are facing.
- Perseverance reminds you Who to put your trust in.
- Perseverance reminds you money and material things are fleeting
Symptoms of perseverance
It is as simple as not thinking of giving up even if people push you to the edge like Job was pushed in the bible. The basic signs of perseverance are;
Faith and perseverance
Faith is the connecting power into the spiritual realm, which links us with God. Faith in simple terms means you believe without any doubt whatsoever.
You hold on no matter what happens knowing that God never disappoints. That is why you need faith and perseverance together.
The purpose of faith is to act as a measure of a person’s hope and also to help one grow in his or her trust in God the Father. To trust in God’s purposes for us as his children.
Learn to stay positive and have faith during your hard times. The Apostle Paul said that faith, hope, and charity (the pure love of God) are key attributes of being in eternal life.
Why we have to persevere as Christians
According to the bible verses above on perseverance, we are being taught to endure trial and tribulations as Christians with an aim of keeping calm trusting that God will see us through.
Perseverance brings forth steadfastness. Our faith is constantly being tested, just like metal when put in fire it becomes strong, so is our faith tested in every way.
Eventually it becomes strong. When we stand the test of time, we will receive the crown of eternal life as promised in the bible.
When Jesus was addressing the church of Ephesus, He was complimenting them that him being the head of the church, he knows the kind of perseverance they have gone through after having noted the people who called themselves apostles and are not.
In those days, Jesus was the one who appointed apostles yet there were others who claimed to be. Apostles were dedicated, they had given their lives to teach and be in fellowship of communion of bread and prayers.
Apostles were the ones who were with Christ and knew his work and not just proclaiming to be. This served to be a perfect example of persevering in Christ.
So what is perseverance in general?
Perseverance can be defined as continuing in a course of action even in the face of difficulty with little prospect of success. You hold on to life no matter how difficult things are.
Bible verses about perseverance in Christianity
1. Romans 5:3-4
“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”
3 Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
This one of the hardest things in the walk of Christian life, that life will bring forth suffering but the suffering will result to perseverance, character is built on this perseverance and at the end of it, you are hopeful.
2. Hebrews 12:1-2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecto of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
3. Second Thessalonians 1:4-5
“Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering
4. Revelation 2:2-3
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. “
Second Thessalonians 1:4-5: http://www.usccb.org/bible/2thessalonians/1