Bible Verses About Perseverance
There are many types of perseverance. You will need perseverance if you are trying out a healthier lifestyle ,like an exercise routine or a healthier diet. You will need perseverance if you are studying and want to learn and do well for your exams. You will need perseverance if you are learning a new skill at work and trying to improve your work. You will need perseverance in maintaining relationships that you treasure.
Spiritual growth, serving God and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ need perseverance too.
There are things that we should not persevere in though. We will need to exercise discernment as to what we should not be persevering in. Things that encourage evil, sin or destruction of lives are some examples of things that we should not persevere in.
As the bible verse in 1 Corinthians 10:23 says:
23 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are profitable. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things build up. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
What To Not Persevere In
Not To Persevere In Evil
Queen Esther in the bible verse below was talking about the genocide that was about to come upon her Jewish people. Even though she has risen as the King's favorite queen and she could have chosen to do nothing about it, she understands that she should not endure in seeing her people coming to suffer a fate that can be prevented.
6 For how can I endure to see the evil that would come to my people? How can I endure to see the destruction of my relatives? (Esther 8:6)
16 Things To Persevere In
Here are 16 things that the Bible encourages us to persevere in:
1. Persevere In Our Faith In Jesus
The bible verses below remind us what Jesus Christ has done for us, and why we should persevere in our belief in him.
1 Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all, as to the child born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am. His grace which was given to me was not futile, but I worked more than all of them; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Whether then it is I or they, so we preach, and so you believed. (1 Corinthians 15:1–11)
1 Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession: Jesus, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, as also Moses was in all his house. 3 For he has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, because he who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone; but he who built all things is God. 5 Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were afterward to be spoken, 6 but Christ is faithful as a Son over his house. We are his house, if we hold fast our confidence and the glorying of our hope firm to the end. (Hebrews 3:1–6)
50 Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can’t inherit God’s Kingdom; neither does the perishable inherit imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must become imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable body will have become imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:50–58)
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. 18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:15–20)
2 We always give thanks to God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. (1 Thessalonians 1:2–3)
13 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which he called you through our Good News, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word or by letter. 16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:13–17)
5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and into the perseverance of Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you, and brought us glad news of your faith and love, and that you have good memories of us always, longing to see us, even as we also long to see you. 7 For this cause, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God, 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith? (1 Thessalonians 3:6–10)
2. Persevere In Living A Life That Pleases God
Sometimes we may unknowingly try to live a life to please either ourselves or other people. However the bible verse below remind us that what really matters is to live a life that is approved by God or pleases God. That is definitely something worth striving for.
15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
11 But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. 13 I command you before God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession, 14 that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which at the right time he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16 He alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen nor can see, to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:11–16)
3. Persevere In Following God's Teachings
In order to know how to live a life that pleases God, we need to know what are his teachings on what kind of life is pleasing to him. The bible has more to say on this than covered here.
5 Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes! (Psalm 119:5)
12 Here is the perseverance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)
4. Persevere In Not Giving Way To Wickedness
Here is something that is related to what we should not persevere in, if there's a situation that causes us to sin if we keep on being in it, we should not persevere. We should be persevering to not give way to sin or wickedness, as this bible verse below tells us.
26 Like a muddied spring and a polluted well, so is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. (Proverbs 25:26)
5. Persevere In Trusting God
Trusting in God needs perseverance when things don't go the way we want after we prayed to God about those things. The bible verse below tells us that for those who continue to trust in God during those difficult times, God's peace will be with that person.
3 You will keep whoever’s mind is steadfast in perfect peace, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
6. Persevere In Serving The Lord
The bible verses below encourage the reader to persevere and be diligent in serving the Lord through the teaching of his word, to reading God's word, encouraging others, helping others through contributing to their needs, being hospitable and so on.
2 Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. 13 Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching. 14 Don’t neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the elders. 15 Be diligent in these things. Give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may be revealed to all. 16 Pay attention to yourself and to your teaching. Continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4:12–16)
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good. 10 In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate to one another; in honor prefer one another, 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, 12 rejoicing in hope, enduring in troubles, continuing steadfastly in prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, and given to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. 19 Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:9–21)
7. Persevere In Enduring Contempt From People
Undergoing contempt from others who may look down on you can be very hard, you may feel like you want to prove yourself to them or that they should not treat you this way.
Thanks to God's word below in Psalm 123:3, God's people have undergone contempt from others before as well, they endured through that and persevered in spite of that, looking towards God's mercy on them.
3 Have mercy on us, The LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt. (Psalm 123:3)
8. Persevere In Guarding Your heart
The bible verse below encourage us to persevere in guarding our hearts, because the out of the heart comes everything that our life direction is going.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
9. Persevere In Resisting Temptation
Resisting temptation is a part of guarding our hearts. The bible verse below encourages us to persevere in resisting any temptations.
13 No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
10. Persevere In Suffering
The bible verses tell us that when we are undergoing suffering, we can receive the comfort from God that helps us to persevere through those sufferings.
6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. (2 Corinthians 1:6)
11. Persevere In Moving Forward In The Right Direction
At every stage of life, in order to progress and to move in the right direction, we would need to persevere to keep going in the right direction. The bible verses below tell us to look ahead, and prepare the way ahead so that we can keep moving ahead on the right and good path.
5 Let your eyes look straight ahead. Fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Make the path of your feet level. Let all of your ways be established. 27 Don’t turn to the right hand nor to the left. Remove your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25–27)
12. Persevere In Hard Work
The bible encourages us that diligence and hard work can bring benefits, and thus we can persevere even when the work is hard, we should not just quit and give up but we can learn to be hardworking.
4 He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth. (Proverbs 10:4)
11 He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who chases fantasies is void of understanding. (Proverbs 12:11)
24 The hands of the diligent ones shall rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. (Proverbs 12:24)
13. Persevere In Praying
Sometimes when we pray we may feel tempted to give up on praying for something because it is not changing. However the bible verses below teach to pray for God's will to be done and not to give up praying.
9 Pray like this: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 13 Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’ 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:9–15)
5 He said to them, “Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight and tell him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,’ 7 and he from within will answer and say, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give it to you’? 8 I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs. 9 “I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:5–10)
1 He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray and not give up, 2 saying, “There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God and didn’t respect man. 3 A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, ‘Defend me from my adversary!’ 4 He wouldn’t for a while; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.’ ” 6 The Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. 7 Won’t God avenge his chosen ones who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1–8)
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving, (Colossians 4:2)
23 He took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 24 Jacob was left alone, and wrestled with a man there until the breaking of the day. 25 When he saw that he didn’t prevail against him, the man touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained as he wrestled. 26 The man said, “Let me go, for the day breaks.” Jacob said, “I won’t let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:23–26)
14. Persevere When Disciplined By God
When God disciplines us, we have to persevere and endure those so that we can learn the right ways and to go on the right paths.
7 It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn’t discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then you are illegitimate, and not children. (Hebrews 12:7–8)
11 All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:11–13)
15. Spiritual Perseverance In Sharing The Gospel
The following bible verses encourage us that when we are trying to share the good news of Jesus' love and salvation to people, we must endure the hardship and persevere for their sake so that they may obtain eternal salvation.
Paul of the bible is a good example of perseverance when sharing the gospel per his account in Acts 20 and 2 Corinthians 11 below.
8 Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, (2 Timothy 1:8)
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. 5 Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn’t crowned unless he has competed by the rules. 6 The farmer who labors must be the first to get a share of the crops. (2 Timothy 2:3–6)
8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the offspring of David, according to my Good News, 9 in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God’s word isn’t chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones’ sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (2 Timothy 2:8–10)
17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to himself the elders of the assembly. 18 When they had come to him, he said to them, “You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you all the time, 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews; 20 how I didn’t shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, teaching you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying both to Jews and to Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus. 22 Now, behold, I go bound by the Spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there; 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions wait for me. 24 But these things don’t count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Good News of the grace of God. (Acts 20:17–24)
27 in labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness. (2 Corinthians 11:27)
16. Spiritual Perseverance In Persecution Due To Faith
The following bible passages encourage us to persevere when we are persecuted due to our faith in Jesus or when we are suffering persecuting due to us choosing the right way to live for him. It is encouraging to read Paul's account in 2 Timothy 3:11 that the Lord delivered him out of all the persecutions that he endured through.
5 Jesus, answering, began to tell them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray. 6 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and will lead many astray. 7 “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don’t be troubled. For those must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines and troubles. These things are the beginning of birth pains. 9 “But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them. 10 The Good News must first be preached to all the nations. 11 When they lead you away and deliver you up, don’t be anxious beforehand or premeditate what you will say, but say whatever will be given you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved. 14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, 15 and let him who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house. 16 Let him who is in the field not return back to take his cloak. 17 But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babies in those days! 18 Pray that your flight won’t be in the winter. 19 For in those days there will be oppression, such as there has not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be. 20 Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the sake of the chosen ones, whom he picked out, he shortened the days. 21 Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ don’t believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. 23 But you watch. “Behold, I have told you all things beforehand. (Mark 13:5–23)
8 He said, “Watch out that you don’t get led astray, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is at hand.’ Therefore don’t follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, don’t be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won’t come immediately.” 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 It will turn out as a testimony for you. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict. 16 You will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will cause some of you to be put to death. 17 You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake. 18 And not a hair of your head will perish. 19 “By your endurance you will win your lives. (Luke 21:8–19)
11 Even to this present hour we hunger, thirst, are naked, are beaten, and have no certain dwelling place. 12 We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure. (1 Corinthians 4:11–12)
3 We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you toward one another abounds, 4 so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure. 5 This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of God’s Kingdom, for which you also suffer. 6 For it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 punishing those who don’t know God, and to those who don’t obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus, 9 who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes in that day to be glorified in his saints and to be admired among all those who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we also pray always for you that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith with power, 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:3–12)
10 But you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, 11 persecutions, and sufferings—those things that happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions. The Lord delivered me out of them all. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them. 15 From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom: 2 preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn away to fables. 5 But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. 8 From now on, the crown of righteousness is stored up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 3:10–4:8)
9 I John, your brother and partner with you in the oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 1:9)
Rising Up Again After Falling Down
This bible verse below reminds me of persevering even when falling down multiple times. These bible verses in Proverbs 24:15-16 state the difference between the wicked and the righteous. It is a warning to the wicked to not hurt the righteous because even if the righteous fall, they will rise up again, but once the wicked fall, they will not be able to rise again.
15 Don’t lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don’t destroy his resting place; 16 for a righteous man falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. (Proverbs 24:15–16)
So, does righteousness play a part in perseverance? We will explore further down the other bible verses that talk about righteousness in relation to perseverance.
12 Reasons To Persevere
1. Perseverance Is Part Of God's Instructions For Holy Living
Righteousness play a part in persevering, as it is part of God's teachings on how to live. God is telling us through these bible verses that living a life that is holy requires perseverance, as it is not easy to do all these as mentioned in the bible verses below.
12 Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. (Colossians 3:12–13)
2. Persevere Because You Love God And You Love Others
What really gets you up in the morning to go to work without you feeling resentful?
If you go to work because you love God and because you know if you go to work that day, you can show your love to the people you work with or work for, that is perseverance. Love is powerful. God teaches us to love Him with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind, and He also tells us that we should love our neighbor as ourselves as the bible verses below share.
When you are loving others like yourself, you will value the commitment to your work as others may depend on you being there at work that day for their needs. This will be perseverance even when you don't feel like going to work but you still went. But loving God and loving others will be a good reason to go to work.
37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37–39)
3. Persevere Because Jesus Persevered Too
The bible verse below tells us that we are not above our Lord Jesus. Because Jesus has persevered through difficulties and suffering, it is expected for us to undergo those things too and we can learn to persevere because he did it for us and for God's glory.
24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his lord. (Matthew 10:24)
4. Persevere Because It Is Commendable With God
Sometimes when we do the correct thing we suffer instead, and the bible verses below in 1 Peter 2:18-25 tell us that that is commendable with God-- God is honored when you suffer for doing the right thing, because you fear Him, and even if it was hard. During those times when you persevere through it, God is pleased with you, even though some people may get upset with you and you may suffer as a result.
The next passage in 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 tell us that our mindsets as servants of God will see those sufferings, hardships and perseverance when we serve God as things that are commendable! We don't have to avoid these hardships, we can take pride in them.
18 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked. 19 For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God. 20 For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God. 21 For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, 22 who didn’t sin, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.” 23 When he was cursed, he didn’t curse back. When he suffered, he didn’t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness. You were healed by his wounds. 25 For you were going astray like sheep; but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:18–25)
1 Working together, we entreat also that you do not receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “At an acceptable time I listened to you. In a day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed, 4 but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God: in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings, 6 in pureness, in knowledge, in perseverance, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report, as deceivers and yet true, 9 as unknown and yet well known, as dying and behold—we live, as punished and not killed, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing and yet possessing all things. (2 Corinthians 6:1–10)
5. Persevere In Your Faith Because God Knows Your Perseverance
The following bible verses from Revelation are words from Jesus to the various churches, that he knows their works and their perseverance and how they endured for his name's sake. Dear one, God is aware of your perseverance in Him when no one else seems to care.
2 “I know your works, and your toil and perseverance, and that you can’t tolerate evil men, and have tested those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and found them false. 3 You have perseverance and have endured for my name’s sake, and have not grown weary. (Revelation 2:2–3)
19 “I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are more than the first. (Revelation 2:19)
10 "Because you kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." (Revelation 3:10)
6. Persevere Because There Are Eternal Rewards For It
The bible verses below tell us that there are eternal rewards for those who persevere in well-doing towards God.
5 But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will pay back to everyone according to their works:” 7 to those who by perseverance in well-doing seek for glory, honor, and incorruptibility, eternal life; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and don’t obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath, indignation, 9 oppression, and anguish on every soul of man who does evil, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 10 But glory, honor, and peace go to every man who does good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. (Romans 2:5–11)
11 This saying is trustworthy: “For if we died with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful; for he can’t deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:11–13)
35 Therefore don’t throw away your boldness, which has a great reward. 36 For you need endurance so that, having done the will of God, you may receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:35–36)
Blessed is a person who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
6 But let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches. 7 Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let’s not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season if we don’t give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith. (Galatians 6:6–10)
7. Persevere Because There Are Other Rewards Besides Eternal Ones
The following bible verses talk about other kinds of rewards for hard work and diligence, both of which needs perseverance as well.
5 In those times there was no peace to him who went out, nor to him who came in; but great troubles were on all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 They were broken in pieces, nation against nation, and city against city; for God troubled them with all adversity. 7 But you be strong! Don’t let your hands be slack, for your work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:5–7)
19 Remember me, my God, for all the good that I have done for this people. (Nehemiah 5:19)
27 The slothful man doesn’t roast his game, but the possessions of diligent men are prized. (Proverbs 12:27)
4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the desire of the diligent shall be fully satisfied. (Proverbs 13:4)
23 In all hard work there is profit, but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)
5 The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5)
10 For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints, and still do serve them. 11 We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence to the fullness of hope even to the end, 12 that you won’t be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherited the promises. (Hebrews 6:10–12)
8. Persevere Because It Will Help Us To Know Jesus More
I love how the bible verses below show the progression of each quality that is linked to the next and how it ends in love. And for these wonderful qualities their purpose is to help us to know Jesus more and more.
5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control, perseverance; and in perseverance, godliness; 7 and in godliness, brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to not be idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. 11 For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5–11)
9. Persevere Because It Builds Up Our Character
When our faith if tested we will have to persevere in our faith, and when our perseverance is perfected, our character will be built up and perfected.
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2–4)
10. Perseverance Helps Us To Become More Skillful
Hard work and perseverance in learning a skill can help us become more skillful, as it progresses from easier tasks to harder tasks. I would say of Jeremiah 12:5 as a simple analogy- if you tried frying an egg and it tired you out, then how can you go on an Iron Chef's cooking show to compete? Those cooks on those cooking competitions have cooked for years before they get to their level of skillfulness.
5 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? Though in a land of peace you are secure, yet how will you do in the pride of the Jordan? (Jeremiah 12:5)
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won’t serve obscure men. (Proverbs 22:29)
11. Your Perseverance Can Be A Role Model To Others
The bible verses below teach us how older men and women should strive to be in their lives and their character.
1 But say the things which fit sound doctrine, 2 that older men should be temperate, sensible, sober minded, sound in faith, in love, and in perseverance, 3 and that older women likewise be reverent in behavior, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good, 4 that they may train the young wives to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sober minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that God’s word may not be blasphemed. 6 Likewise, exhort the younger men to be sober minded. 7 In all things show yourself an example of good works. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness, incorruptibility, 8 and soundness of speech that can’t be condemned, that he who opposes you may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say about us. 9 Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters and to be well-pleasing in all things, not contradicting, 10 not stealing, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Savior, in all things. (Titus 2:1–10)
12. Because Spiritual Perseverance Is Fit For God’s kingdom
What Jesus said in the following verses is related to perseverance. When we are following Jesus, we will have to keep looking forward instead of backwards. In this case Jesus used the analogy of putting hand to the plow and looking back. If one looks back instead of looking forward, the plow would go off the right course.
57 As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, “I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord.” 58 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another, “Follow me!” But he said, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce God’s Kingdom.” 61 Another also said, “I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.” (Luke 9:57–62)
16 Tips On How To Persevere
Perseverance is a mind game. How you think and what you set your mind on will really determine if you will be able to persevere or not. Here are some biblical ways on how you can persevere in terms of what to think, how to think and set your sights on during these difficult times.
These require active and intentional efforts for you to tune your mind to what will help you to persevere.
1. Spiritual Perseverance Starts With Hearing God's Word And Understanding It
When a person hears God's word and hold it tightly, that word will produce fruit with perseverance in that person's life.
4 When a great multitude came together and people from every city were coming to him, he spoke by a parable: 5 “The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. 6 Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 Other fell into the good ground and grew and produced one hundred times as much fruit.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” 9 Then his disciples asked him, “What does this parable mean?” 10 He said, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of God’s Kingdom, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the road are those who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root. They believe for a while, then fall away in time of temptation. 14 What fell among the thorns, these are those who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life; and they bring no fruit to maturity. 15 Those in the good ground, these are those who with an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and produce fruit with perseverance. (Luke 8:4–15)
18 “Hear, then, the parable of the farmer. 19 When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside. 20 What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately with joy receives it; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit and produces, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.” (Matthew 13:18–23)
1 Again he began to teach by the seaside. A great multitude was gathered to him, so that he entered into a boat in the sea and sat down. All the multitude were on the land by the sea. 2 He taught them many things in parables, and told them in his teaching, 3 “Listen! Behold, the farmer went out to sow. 4 As he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Others fell on the rocky ground, where it had little soil, and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil. 6 When the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 Others fell into the good ground and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing. Some produced thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times as much.” 9 He said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.” 10 When he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 He said to them, “To you is given the mystery of God’s Kingdom, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables, 12 that ‘seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest perhaps they should turn again, and their sins should be forgiven them.’ ” 13 He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How will you understand all of the parables? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 The ones by the road are the ones where the word is sown; and when they have heard, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 These in the same way are those who are sown on the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 They have no root in themselves, but are short-lived. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they stumble. 18 Others are those who are sown among the thorns. These are those who have heard the word, 19 and the cares of this age, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 Those which were sown on the good ground are those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit, some thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times.” (Mark 4:1–20)
2. You Develop Perseverance When You Undergo Suffering
An interesting thing that happens when we undergo suffering is that we are already at the stage of learning to develop perseverance, though we might feel differently. We might think, " I need more perseverance at this thing because I'm suffering and I feel like giving up." That very feeling is actually that developing of our muscle for perseverance. The bible verses below tell us that suffering produces perseverance.
1 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; 2 through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1–5)
3. Jesus Persevered Through Hard Times By Having Breaks And Withdrawing To Pray In Solitude
Jesus' service to the people is a very heavy work load for him and even he as God needs a break to withdraw from all the demands and to pray on his own. Jesus did not burn out at all, despite Him being all love and desiring to help the people, he took regular times to refresh himself by praying in solitude.
15 But the report concerning him spread much more, and great multitudes came together to hear and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16 But he withdrew himself into the desert and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16)
59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple, having gone through the middle of them, and so passed by. (John 8:59)
15 Jesus therefore, perceiving that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (John 6:15)
23 After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone. (Matthew 14:23)
41 He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, (Luke 22:41)
4. Persevere With A Goal To Let Your Life Be Worthy Of The Gospel And Not Being Afraid
We can also persevere better when we have a clear goal in mind: to let our lives be worthy of the gospel of Jesus. Fear saps strength. We do not need to be afraid of the adversaries of the good news because the good news is salvation for those who believe.
27 Only let your way of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News; 28 and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf, 30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me. (Philippians 1:27–30)
5. Persevere Spiritually By Looking To Jesus
The bible verses below tell us that we can persevere when we look to Jesus who endured the cross and who has sat down at the right hand of God.
1 Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin. (Hebrews 12:1–4)
20 But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. 21 Keep yourselves in God’s love, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 On some have compassion, making a distinction, 23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh. (Jude 20–23)
6. Persevere By Looking To Those Who Did So
We can also persevere by following the example of perseverance through suffering from biblical examples like Job and Paul. Through their deep suffering, they persevered in their faith that God is still good and even persevered in praising God.
7 Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Don’t grumble, brothers, against one another, so that you won’t be judged. Behold, the judge stands at the door. 10 Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of perseverance, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:7–11)
7. Persevere By Remembering The Sisters And Brothers In the World Undergoing The Same Persecution
It is a good thing to remember that we are not the only ones experiencing the kind of suffering for our faith. When we remember that our brothers and sisters in the world are also undergoing the same sufferings, it will help us to stand strong.
9 Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings. (1 Peter 5:9)
8. Persevere By Looking Forward And Pressing Toward The Goal
The bible verses below encourage us to forgetting what is behind, to look forward and continue pressing onward to the goal ahead of us in Jesus Christ.
13 Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do: forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13–14)
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with God’s people than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:24–27)
21 You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil deeds, 22 yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without defect and blameless before him, 23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, was made a servant. (Colossians 1:21–23)
9. Persevere By Asking Jesus For Grace And God for Help
We can persevere by asking God to help us and for Jesus to give us grace during difficult times. Yes, God can help us to persevere when we feel that we cannot.
15 For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. 16 Let’s therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15–16)
7 For the Lord The LORD will help me. Therefore I have not been confounded. Therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I won’t be disappointed. (Isaiah 50:7)
23 A man’s steps are established by The LORD. He delights in his way. 24 Though he stumble, he shall not fall, for The LORD holds him up with his hand. (Psalm 37:23–24)
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now the God of perseverance and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore accept one another, even as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God. (Romans 15:4–7)
3 I thank my God whenever I remember you, 4 always in every request of mine on behalf of you all, making my requests with joy, 5 for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now; 6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3–6)
9 For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. (Colossians 1:9–14)
10. Persevere By Trusting In The Lord
The following bible verse tells us that trust in the Lord can help our hearts to be steadfast (think steady, and not afraid) that can help us to persevere on.
7 He will not be afraid of evil news. His heart is steadfast, trusting in The LORD. (Psalm 112:7)
11. Persevere By Remaining In Jesus
The following bible verses tell us that when we remain in Jesus by keeping his commandments, we will be able to remain in his love and then we can bear much fruit.
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. 2 Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8 In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. (John 15:1–11)
12. Persevere By Singing Praises To God
When we sing praises to God or at least listening to praise music when we are suffering, it can help us to praise God during those times and that can help us to be more steadfast in our heart so that we will not waver in our persevere in our suffering.
7 My heart is steadfast, God. My heart is steadfast. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises. (Psalm 57:7)
My heart is steadfast, God. I will sing and I will make music with my soul. (Psalm 108:1)
13. Persevere By Having Love
The following bible verse in 1 Corinthians 13:7 tell us that love endures all things. Having love, therefore helps us to persevere through things for a higher purpose, because we love someone and because we love God.
4 Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4–7)
13 Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong! 14 Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13–14)
14. Persevere By Not Letting Others Lead You Astray
When you are trying to do something or go in a direction that you would want to keep going and persevere in, you would need to be careful to not let others lead you astray.
4 Jesus answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray." (Matthew 24:4)
5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving. 8 Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elemental spirits of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, 10 and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:5–10)
15. Persevere Spiritually By Putting On The Armor Of God
We can persevere when we put on the armor of God as our struggle and sufferings can be spiritually related to the ongoing spiritual warfare.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace, 16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:10–18)
16. Persevere By Delegating Some Work Or Getting Help For The Work
Sometimes, if we persevere in working too hard but in not a wise way, we can burn out. Here, we see that sometimes when we work in a smarter way by delegating the work out or getting some help, it can help us to persevere at our job. To read more about such delegation, click on this post on bible verses about leadership.
17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 18 You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you; for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to perform it yourself alone. 19 Listen now to my voice. I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You represent the people before God, and bring the causes to God. 20 You shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and shall show them the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men which fear God: men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 22 Let them judge the people at all times. It shall be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge themselves. So shall it be easier for you, and they shall share the load with you. 23 If you will do this thing, and God commands you so, then you will be able to endure, and all these people also will go to their place in peace. (Exodus 18:17-23)
It is my hope that this blog post can be encouraging to your situation so that you can find strength from God to persevere in doing the right thing for his glory. God bless.
The following is a prayer guide that you are welcome to use right now to help you pray for perseverance.
Bible version: the public domain World English Bible (WEB) has been used throughout this post. The WEB translation of "Yahweh" has been changed to "the LORD" which is more familiar to most readers.