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3/18/15 – Do not grow weary; God’s love endures forever

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9 (NABRE)

“I am tired, worn out, weary, wasted, with no energy.  How much longer can I go on?”  These words occur in everyone’s life.  If we are doing a repetitive action (e.g., going to work), a lack of endurance could be a part of your life.  If you are going through an illness, the discomfort and pain could be so unbearable that you do not think you could survive.  When you are caring for sick children, a seriously ill spouse, or aging parents (or all of them at once), it is very easy to ask God, “How much longer?”  To “endure to the end” is a difficult task for Christians, but that is what God is asking each of us to do.

There is an interesting perspective to the beatings that Christ suffered before He died on the cross and the pain ended.  This is difficult to comprehend, but God could not allow Jesus to die while He was suffering through a horrendous beating.  I would go so far as to say that no matter how long or how harsh the beatings were Jesus had to endure to the end so that He would be crucified (see Psalm 22).  Paul said this about his own sufferings, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.” (2 Corinthians 1:8)

There are several things in the Bible that will endure to the end such as: God’s Kingdom; God’s faithfulness; God’s righteousness; the Word of the Lord; and, finally and most predominantly, is “His love endures forever.”  Those four words give me so much relief from my own problems.  I hope they do yours.

Endurance requires inward strength of the individual.  It requires the thinking that everything will come to an end.  A person needs spiritual strength, stamina, and trust in the love of the Lord that endures forever.  Finally, we need to be encouraging one another.  A visit to the hospital, a card received in the mail, food taken to a home, phone calls that say, “I love you as God loves you.”  Every Christian should not let a week go by without fulfilling their Godly responsibility that to be involved with someone else who is “enduring” through hardships.  

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.  For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.”  (1 Thessalonians 3:7-8)  We should do this encouraging while we ourselves are trying to endure.  Only then will we be accomplishing God’s will and acknowledging to everyone that God’s “love endures forever.”

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