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Hanging Tough

"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth" (Revelation 3:10).

Perseverence is a virtue according to the Scripture shown above. Jesus expects His people to hang tough when everyone else is falling apart. Some may be asking at this point: how?


Everything about our relationship with God begins with His mercy and ends with our faith. He reaches out first, but it's up to us to reach up in faith and embrace His word, His love, and His actions toward us. Each of us is bestowed with countless blessings each day, but sometimes, we fail to see them. Other times, we see - but fail to acknowledge them.

Every day, we all use faith in a hundred ways that have nothing to do with faith in God. Ordinary humans who don't even know God use faith. They drive on our roads, expecting cars to stay in their own lanes. I come from Ohio and there are a lot of two lane country roads in my home state. At any moment, a car coming the other direction could veer into our lane going 60 mph. We would likely die or be incapacitated if they hit us. Yet, many of us drive on these kinds of roads daily. My mother actually had a young woman lose control of her car and hit my mom's car on such a road. Mom lived, but the accident resulted in a broken vertebrae. She had to be in a halo brace for four months. Even so, she began driving again and kept it up into her late 80's.

Our faith in God tells us that if we keep believing that God owns tomorrow, it will eventually get better for us. Things may be tough for an extended period, but God always wins in the end and so do His followers. We are encouraged to hold on through hardship. "And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved." (Mark 13:13).


Perhaps one of the greatest gifts of our faith in Jesus is hope. He gives us reason to believe in the worth of our lives. Each day, we know that God loves us, holds us in His hands, and guides our steps in this world. We know that when Jesus became our personal savior that our eternal life with Him began. Our death and burial in baptism symbolized this new birth. Though we live in our earthly tent of a body for 70, 80 or 90 years, we all will someday shed this corruptible flesh and take on the incorruptible new body promised to us.

Those without Christ don't have this same hope. The Bible says "that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). Before Christ comes into a life, there is only a finite hope within each person.

During this time of a potential second wave of COVID shutdowns, believers must reach out and share our hope with friends, neighbors, loved ones, and even strangers. It is the only compassionate thing to do - share this life-giving oil of hope.


The love that Jesus places in our hearts through the Holy Spirit drives us to action - particularly in the toughest of times. When those around us are struggling to make ends meet, our Christian love compels us to share of our goods and resources.

Love means caring enough to find out the true needs of our fellow human beings. Our Christian love urges us on to action, even in the darkest times. Won't you find a way to be a friend through this next round of COVID suffering. Just a card, a call, or email message might be the only light that a person sees that day. Let's all allow our lights to shine brighter as the world gets even darker again. Remember this bold challenge. "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1 John 4:8).


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