'Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.' 1 Corinthians 13:7
The kernel of our faith is tied up in this verse and applies to everyone of us who chooses to follow Christ.
'Love never gives up' - we will never throw in the towel. We will never turn round and say 'stuff it!' We must always press on!
'Never lose faith' - never stop believing no matter how difficult the circumstances or trying the situation. We will always choose to believe that somehow God will bring something good out of our situation.
'Always hopeful' - always hoping that our circumstances will improve that they won't be like this forever. Always keeping our eye on the light at the end of the tunnel even when there appears to be no light. Trusting God is in our present situation and knows exactly what's happening.
'Endures through every circumstance.' I think this is the best of all. We have no excuse to fall away or blame another for our bad choices because we are meant to be able to endure through every situation. Endure means to suffer patiently. It's what the early disciples did right up to their last breath. It's what we are called to do.
Therefore pressing on, trusting, believing hoping and enduring needs to become the motto of our lives.
Let us go forward into a new week determined to live and breathe such. With every step you take and every breath go on trusting hoping believing and enduring.
'“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold."' Job 23:10