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Last update: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Patiently not giving up
“God will strengthen you […being strengthened] with his own great power [all power according to his glorious might] so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient.”
Colossians 1:11 (EXB)

Use endurance and patience

Through every test, trial, heartache, hardship, the ups and downs that life brings, God has given us power to go through it all. I remind you, child of God, use endurance and patience to handle every situation. You will not give up, but hold on and go through when troubles or hardships come.

Colossians 1:9-14 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; (WEB)

The apostles endured much

An interesting fact that ministers in particular and every child of God should be mindful of is found in 2 Corinthians 6:3. Do not offend or give anyone a reason to criticize the things you do. 2 Corinthians 6:4, 5, 8-10 further help us understand endurance as it gives a list of what the apostles endured: Problems | disasters | stressful situations | beatings | imprisonments | riots | hard work | sleepless nights | lack of food | disgrace | verbal abuse | poverty.

2 Corinthians 6:3-5 and 8-10 We don’t want people to find anything wrong with our work. So we do nothing that will be a problem to others.

4 But in every way we show that we are servants of God. We never give up, even though we face troubles, difficulties, and problems of every kind. 5 We are beaten and thrown into prison. People get upset at us and fight against us. We work hard, and sometimes we get no sleep or food.


8 Some people honor us, but others shame us. Some people say good things about us, but others say bad things. Some people say we are liars, but we speak the truth. 9 To some people we are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but look! We continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. 10 We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything. (ERV)


The Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary 1828 defines ‘endurance‘ as ‘a bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without sinking or yielding to the pressure; sufferance; patience’. My definition – endurance is the ability to patiently continue, to go through and to suffer without giving up under all conditions or in any situation.


  • μακροθυμία makrothumia (mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah) 3115 – (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude {Mickelson}; patience, forbearance, longsuffering {Strong’s}; 1) patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance 2) forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs.
    • long-sufferance, long-suffering, longsuffering – Bearing injuries or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked. patient endurance of pain or unhappiness.
  • ὑπομονή hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay’) 5281 – cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy {Mickelson}; remaining faithful to God and His purpose for you ( through trials and sufferings; Thayer’s definition – a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance; in the NT the characteristic of a person who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.
    • patience – The suffering of afflictions, pain, toil, calamity, provocation or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness. Patience may spring from constitutional fortitude, from a kind of heroic pride, or from christian submission to the divine will.

Other synonyms1

  • strength – The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as, strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of memory, or of judgment.
  • sufferance – The state of suffering; the bearing of pain; endurance. Patient endurance especially of pain or distress.
  • stamina, staying power, toughness – Whatever constitutes the principal strength or support of anything; power of endurance; backbone; vigor; as, the stamina of a constitution or of life; the stamina of a State. Enduring strength and energy.
  • tolerance – The endurance of the presence or actions of objectionable persons, or of the expression of offensive opinions; toleration. The power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions.
  • forbearance – The exercise of patience; long suffering; indulgence towards those who injure us; lenity; delay of resentment or punishment.
  • steadfastness – Firmness of mind or purpose; fixedness in principle; constancy; resolution; as the stedfastness of faith. He adhered to his opinions with steadfastness.
  • perseverance – The act of persevering; persistence in anything undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun. (Theological) Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints.

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Lasting through it all
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“he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”
Mark 13:13b

Meet the condition

Matthew 10:16-23 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: therefore be as wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18 And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious about how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given to you in that hour what you shall speak. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

21 And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake: but he who endures to the end shall be saved. 23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee into another: for truly I say to you, You shall not have gone through the cities of Israel, before the Son of man comes. (RKJNT)

Endure unto the end…

Some do not understand salvation is conditional; in other words, in order to be saved, there are certain requirements that we must meet. In this lesson we focus on endurance (perseverance; patience). NOTE: At some time in the future I will cover salvation. Jesus helps us understand this condition in Matthew 10:22 as He tells us to “endure unto the end“. What does that mean? Let’s look at various translations to get a better understanding: whoever ‘stands firm‘, ‘holds out‘ and ‘remains faithful‘, until the end of life.

Endurance in the truth

It is most unfortunate that staying with the truth is not for the majority. Be careful that you do not become a ‘tell me what I want to hear” child of God. Please take a moment to consider this warning compiled from various translations using 2 Timothy 4:3-4. The time is coming when people will not listen to {tolerate; put up with; endure} the truth {sound; healthy; wholesome teaching / instructions2}.

Instead, they will look for teachers who will say what they want to hear to support their desires {please them; pacify, gratify and encourage the way they want to live}. They will no longer listen to the truth, but will follow and listen to those who will tell them made-up or sugar-coated stories {tales designed to hold their interest and encourage their financial support}.

Ministers must persevere

2 Timothy 4:1-5 These words are from my heart to you. I say this before God and Jesus Christ. Some day He will judge those who are living and those who are dead. It will be when Christ comes to bring His holy nation. 2 Preach the Word of God. Preach it when it is easy and people want to listen and when it is hard and people do not want to listen. Preach it all the time.

Use the Word of God to show people they are wrong. Use the Word of God to help them do right. You must be willing to wait for people to understand what you teach as you teach them.

3 The time will come when people will not listen to the truth. They will look for teachers who will tell them only what they want to hear. 4 They will not listen to the truth. Instead, they will listen to stories made up by men. 5 You must watch for all these things. Do not be afraid to suffer for our Lord. Preach the Good News from place to place. Do all the work you are to do. (NLV)

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Scriptures to read and study

Note: the key verse(s) are enclosed in parenthesis (#).

2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (4 {hupomone} and 6 {makrothumia}); Colossians 1:3-18 ( 11); Matthew 10:16-26 [compare: Mark 13:3-13 (13) compare {Matthew 24:3-14 (13); Luke 21:7-19 (19)}]; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 (3-8); 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (2-4); 2 Timothy 2:1-13 (3-4); James 5:7-11 (11); 1 Peter 2:18-25 (18-19); 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (12-13)


1 Corinthians 10:11-13 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. 12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (NLT)


Let the experiences of the children of Israel be an example of the need of endurance unto the end of our journey to the promised land. Never become self-righteous or too comfortable because God is using you. Moses and Aaron, hand-picked by God (Moses: Exodus 3:4-10 and Aaron, his brother: Exodus 4:14-17) to lead His people, were not allowed to enter the “promised land”. (Numbers 20:6-12 (12); Deuteronomy 3:23-29; 31:1-8, 14-30).

Numbers 20:12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe [trust] me, and because you did not honor me as holy [show my holiness] before the people [sons/children of Israel], you will not lead them [this community; congregation; assembly] into the land I will give them [20:22–29; Deuteronomy 34:1–12].” (EXB)

Do not make the same mistake

1 Corinthians 10:5 warns us that God was not pleased with most of the children of Israel in what we call the wilderness experience AKA the exodus [proven by a census; Numbers 26:1-65 {63-65}; Jude 1:5-11 {5}]. 1 Corinthians 10:6-10 summarizes the reasons for the Lords displeasure:

  • They grumbled, murmured and complained about the desert, lack of water, and food (i.e., manna), etc. – Numbers 21:4-9 (4-6); Numbers 14:1-38 (2-3 and 27-37).
  • They had illicit sex with the Moabite woman and worshiped idols {Baal of Peor} (Numbers 9:1-3). Twenty-four thousand died (Numbers 25:9). {read Numbers 13-14 (14:26-45); Deuteronomy 9:6-29; Numbers 26:5-11}

Whatever challenges, problems or circumstances you face, use endurance, use patience, go through it, hold on, you can endure to the end of it. Do not be like the children of Israel, do not complain or give up, go through it and be blessed— Tim.

Related Bible studies:

Patience from God; Endure Life Troubles with Genuine Joy || Count It All Joy || Do Not Give Up || Pass the Test

Question for ‘endurance’: Are you determined to remain faithful to God until your human life ends?

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1Most synonym definitions provided by Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828) – (website no longer available) || 2KJV: ‘they will not endure sound doctrine’

Copyright information:

(ERV) Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center, Inc. and used by permission. || (EXB) The Expanded Bible Scripture taken from The Expanded Bible. Copyright ©2011 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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