But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.
For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised.
“For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.
The path a lover of God takes, is no different from that of others. Peaks and valleys happen to all.
Staying true till the end is not easy. The side distractions and attractions are many. The lure to give in to our basal desires is ever present.
Endure – embrace long-suffering.
Endure – you are built to last.
Endure – the end will help you understand why.