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.

God given endurance is the ability to complete effectively, with the strength and capability to continue!

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’.

5 thoughts on “Endure

  1. You really made me think. Here’s the result. Hope you like it.

    How can we help the church endure
    in this troubled time
    when so many are so sure
    that our faith’s a crime?
    How can we faithful rise above
    the hate, and thus begin
    to reassure them that we love
    the sinner but not sin?
    How can we show the hardened hearts
    that we come with open hands,
    and if allowed to play our parts
    help them understand
    that there is no learning curve;
    we, the church, are here to serve?

  2. Ok, follow my ramblings here because I like where you are going. You said “As much as we love encouragement, let our prayer be for endurance…” I love this. If believers are a body, encouragement is a massage. The hand encourages the strained leg because he worked hard (or is still working hard). In that regard, encouragement is what we do during and after hard times. Endurance however, requires preparation. We prepare to endure a marathon by eating well and training. Endurance requires strength. Encouragement requires gentility.

    1. Yes the endurance is God upholding us – but not to stagger across the finishing line, like you so often see in running marathons, but finishing with the strength to continue, if necessary! This was in the back of my mind, but ran out of time….In equine endurance races, the aim is to finish in a good time but also in good condition, to achieve an optimum performance within set parameters! (they monitor the horses heart rate and it has to stay within certain limits.) I may be rambling now…. Thanks Amie 🙂

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