From Bishop Jemmott’s book, Words of Encouragement: Book One:
To persevere is to persist in anything undertaken. When you persevere you maintain your purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; you continue steadfastly in your purpose. Paul writes the following about biblical relationship in Romans 12:12, “persevering in tribulation.” (NASB) The New Living Translation puts it this way, “Be patient in trouble.” What Paul is asking us to do is to learn how to be patient during seasons of trouble. If you are like me, I am still learning this principle.
Working in ministry can be discouraging at times; many of us have been discouraged by church folk. However, in order for you to grow and become who God has called you to be, you must learn how to persevere in difficult times. When you quit during hard times you hurt those who you are in a relationship with; not quitting builds your character and increases your hope.
Romans 5:3-5 says, “We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (NASB)
Notice that the result of perseverance is proven character!
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