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God has made it plain that his people will at times meet suffering, hardship, persecution and other trials. Through their endurance, however, they will prove God’s faithfulness and develop true Christian character (Romans 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4; 2 Timothy 2:3-6; 2 Timothy 2:10-13; Hebrews 11:27; James 1:12; see PERSECUTION; SUFFERING; TESTING).

Endurance means that Christians will have to tolerate insults and injustice (1 Corinthians 6:7; 1 Corinthians 13:7; 2 Timothy 3:10-11); but through persistence in prayer and the inward work of the Holy Spirit, they will be able to rejoice through it all (Romans 12:11-12; Galatians 5:22). (For discussion on this aspect of endurance see PATIENCE.) Endurance means that Christians must always persevere, no matter what the difficulties and temptations. They must maintain their faith in Christ firm to the end (Matthew 24:13; Ephesians 6:13; Hebrews 3:14; Hebrews 6:15; Revelation 13:10). (For discussion on this aspect of endurance see PERSEVERANCE.)

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Endurance'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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