posted 4 Sep 2010, 09:24 by Mpelembe Admin
The Bible is full of inspirational verses, many perfect for
the difficult economic and social conditions facing our
country today. When I'm feeling down and out, I love
reading verses about perseverance to help me get out of my
current slump. Perseverance is one of those
under-appreciated character qualities in America today. But
having a persevering spirit and attitude can really be the
difference between achieving your dreams and not achieving
them. I know so many people with amazing talents and gifts,
but they never are able to really use them because they gave
up on their dreams somewhere along the way. That scares me.
I don't want to give up on what I love.
The following are a few excerpts of Bible verses about
perseverance that have greatly inspired me in the past to
keep my nose to the grindstone and follow my dreams. My
favorite comes from 1 Corinthians 9:24.
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run but only
one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to win the prize."
The phrase that comes to mind here is Carpe Diem, or Seize
the Day. All of us are running the same race, but only one
runner wins the prize. When the day is done, it doesn't
make much difference whether you actually won the prize or
not. Running with all your might is really where success is
found. That's perseverance.
Another verse on perseverance that I've always really loved
comes in Galatians 6:9.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper
time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
That's a good verse for anyone who diligently goes about
doing the right thing without getting recognized. There are
many jobs that are in the spotlight and some people love
being recognized for doing good, or love being in positions
of authority and respect. According to the Bible, they've
already gotten their reward. But those of us who aren't in
the spotlight, who keep doing what the Lord would have us do
even when it doesn't look like it's doing any good, this is
the perfect verse. Don't give up. Persevere.
I really enjoy both of these verses because neither of them
directly uses the word perseverance. It's easy to do a word
study and find out everything the Bible has to say about a
certain word like perseverance. But it's also easy to miss
those inspirational verses that carry the same spirit but
don't actually use the same terminology.
My last verse about perseverance is found in Hebrews 12:1.
"Therefore, since we have been surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us."
Again, the same word picture of a race. I like this
particular verse because it gives the reason why we can
persevere. "Since we have been surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses." If you find yourself unable to
persevere, maybe you're around the wrong company. Maybe you
need to find some like-minded people who will encourage you
in a better direction.
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I hope you liked these inspirational Bible verses about
perseverance and the reasons to persevere.