10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. (James 5:10–11, NKJV)
Perseverance. Steadfast endurance, patient continuance. Perseverance defines a growing, fruitful faith, come what may. When opposed, the patient perseveres, waiting for the divine blessing they know will come (James 5:7). By patience, the heart is established (James 5:8). Knowing the Lord is just and that He will execute justice against evil is our incentive to persevere through the sufferings imposed by the unjust. The prophets and Job are examples of such perseverance. God’s prophets were threatened, harassed, rejected and killed, yet still they rose up early and spoke God’s word to a rebellious people (Jeremiah 26:1-6). Job’s suffering was intense, but he endured, and God’s merciful compassion was abundantly supplied. The Lord will return, bringing blessings to those who trust Him and patiently wait for Him. Even when the way is hard, add perseverance to your faith, and it will bear fruit unto eternal life (2 Peter 1:5-8).
And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. (Hebrews 13:22, NKJV)
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews had admonished them of their need for endurance (Heb. 6:11-12; 10:36; 12:1-2, 7). Now, as he concludes his epistle, he urges them to bear with his word of exhortation. This reminds us of our need to accept the word of God without complaining and disputing, but to have ready hearts to hear and do His will. It is for our good that we bear with the exhortations in God’s word. Our faith is not only produced, but strengthened by bearing with the word of God. By using God’s word, we exercise our spiritual senses to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:14). Instead of growing tired and impatient with God’s the word of exhortation, let us yearn for it, feast upon it, and live by it.
1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:1–3, NKJV)
The presence of God’s grace does not eliminate the necessity of faithful endurance in the Christian’s life. Many believe the impossibility of apostasy doctrine, resting their case (in part) upon the magnitude of divine grace and God’s ability to save. We would never deny God’s ability to save and the greatness of His grace. Without God’s grace, we are lost (Eph. 2:4-5). At the same time, grace without faith will not save the lost (Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 5:8-9). Thus, Paul urges Timothy to be strong in grace by fulfilling his service as a good minister of Christ. He was to be teaching the gospel and enduring hardship as a soldier of Christ. Please do not expect grace to be poured down on you from heaven like water out of a pitcher. Grace is strong where faith abounds. And, faith only abounds unto salvation when it is at work doing the will of God (Jas. 2:17-24). Therefore, to be strong in the grace of Christ. Be a good soldier and live by faith, doing the work that the word of His gospel sets before you.
10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:10–12, NKJV)
Christians can falter in their faith (Heb. 6:4-8). These Hebrew Christians were becoming sluggish and lazy, apathetic toward their hope and their place of service in the kingdom of God. They needed to remember that God is just and that He would not forget their devoted labor and love “toward His name”. Continue to be diligent in your faith, for there is no “full assurance of hope” in neglecting the Lord’s will. Faith thrives when it endures to the end. That is the kind of faith that inherits the promises of God.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)
Our adversary the devil knows how to wait. Like a lion stalking its prey, Satan has his eyes set on each one of us. He is patient – looking for an opening to strike and devour (1 Pet. 5:8). We have the armor of God to put on and by it, to stand in the day of trial (Eph. 6:10-13). By God’s good help we can endure present trials and temptations as we seek God’s approval instead of the passing pleasures of sin that cause eternal death. Choose divine blessings for the present and eternity. A promise is set before us, brother and sister. Let us love the Lord and not sin. He Lord is faithful to strengthen, protect and save.