Endure – to hold out against, to sustain without impairment or yielding.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
I have always loved this verse, the thought that God holds us and helps us, He is the One who sustains and supports.
God is the ultimate source of all endurance and encouragement.
The context of this verse is at the end of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, he is summing up his message, to a church that was full of diverse people, of different nationalities, social status and education. One of the main themes of his message is the importance and priority of unity among believers, to have the same attitude towards one another that Jesus has towards us!
There is power in our unity – the unity of God’s people is the accomplishment of God’s purpose and glorifies His name. It is a witness and a testimony to what Jesus has done – it is by the love that we have for each other, in Him, that the whole world will know that we are his disciples.
This then was part of Paul’s prayer for the church – the strength to keep on working towards unity with the mindset of Christ, and empowered by God’s grace.
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As much as we love encouragement, let our prayer be for endurance…
This post is part of the Five Minute Friday link-up – to free write for five minutes on one word. Today’s word is ‘Endure’.