What does perseverative thinking mean to you? Perhaps you haven’t had to endure a lot of life’s ups and downs. Perseverance might not mean much to you. Or perhaps, you’ve been put through the wringer so to speak. In that case, perseverance means a whole lot to you. It has a definition that you might not even be able to put into words.
Whatever the case, this means different things to different people at different stages of life. Thank God for his impartiality. He doesn’t have favorites and shows the same love to the person in the pit as well as the person on the mountain top.
This is why we must all learn how to persevere in the faith, regardless of life’s circumstances.
Why We Need Perseverative Thinking
We must endure hardship and keep the faith so that a lost and dead world can see Jesus through us, no matter our current situation.
If we as Christians throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble, then we’re not showing the world that Christ strengthens us. This doesn’t mean we can’t get emotional or passionate about our current circumstance. But it does mean that our emotions and passion are rooted and guided by God’s word.
Our great commission is to go and tell the world about the good news of Jesus Christ. We can be just as effective in the valley or on the mountain top. It’s a matter of faith and diligence to always be willing to praise His name.
The Bible isn’t silent on this topic either. There are numerous stories and scriptures on perseverance guiding us in this area. From Adam and Eve in the garden to Jesus on the cross, the Bible is packed full of people enduring hardship and continuing in the faith.
We can use these examples to help us as we navigate life’s troubles.
We can also lean on each other for help. As Christians, we’re tasked with loving and caring for the brethren. We must help each other through this thing we call life. In all of its glory and grit, we should lean on each other for guidance and encouragement.
We’re not meant to travel this road alone.
There are numerous scriptures and devotions on perseverance, but Devotable has compiled a devotional on perseverance from various authors about various struggles in an effort to help guide people through this life journey. From illness, death, parenthood, relationships, and more, it helps to know that you’re not alone in this journey. We have friends and Christian brothers and sisters that can help us, come beside us and put their arm around us.
Scripture and Devotions on Perseverative Thinking
So for those of you that are hurting and need encouragement to persevere through these trails, here are 10 scriptures on perseverance to help guide you. Let the Bible speak to you and the Holy Spirit strengthen your faith as you read His word.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4
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
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. – Romans 8:17-18
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. – 2 Corinthians 4:8
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
Therefore, since we are 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. – Hebrews 12:1
But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. – Psalm 34:19
I have the privilege of occasionally writing for Devotable, a Christian online daily devotional project. It’s an app and a website with new inspirational content every day. The authors of Devotable have worked together to write a book on Perseverance. I am beyond excited to be published in this compilation and hope you will all consider ordering a copy – or many! You can find info on the book and ordering details at https://devotableapp.com/perseverance. I’m also pleased to host the creator and owner of Devotable, Landen Melton, as a guest blogger today!
Landen is a web developer by trade and and online entrepreneur by passion. He is the owner and creator of Devotable, an online Christian daily devotion project. Together with over 100 talented writers, they create inspiring devotions that help encourage believers and share the good news of Jesus Christ daily.
Julie | This Main Line Life says
Perseverance is something we could all use a little more of. It’s something I’m trying to emphasize with my kids. They are in their young teens and I think just starting to get to the age where they have to push a little harder and stick with things a a little more than when they were younger.
It’s definitely a challenge in our instant gratification world!
Landen melton says
Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of this!
Thank you for all you have done to make it happen!
Perseverance; a word we need to use in our life more and teach others to use it too or maybe remind them. I enjoyed reading your post today. Thanks for sharing
As a runner, you know I search out verses on perseverance. Love this! Checking out the book now, Lauren.
Thank you, Laurie!
Susie Cole says
Thank you and blessings. Focusing on living a Kingdom First Life, by faith, amidst the turmoil.
Praying that for you right now, Susie.
Maree Dee says
Landen, I can’t wait for the book to come out. It is such a privilege to be included. You picked a fantastic topic. Perseverance is a windy road, but with God, we can do it well. Great picks on the verses above.
Lauren – I can’t wait to read your devotion. You have a beautiful way of writing. Thank you for sharing today on Grace & Truth Link-Up. Maree
Thank you so much, Maree! So glad to know you are in this with me!
These are great verses, Landen. I enjoyed this encouragement today.
I so need to be reminded of persevering…terrific post, thank you!
Thank you, Michelle.
Crystal Twaddell says
Lauren, this statement is a perfect reminder that our choices and actions always have an impact on someone and can mirror Christ in some way…’If we as Christians throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble, then we’re not showing the world that Christ strengthens us.’ Appreciate the challenge to persevere because there is something waiting for us on the other side.
Thank you, Crystal!
Rebecca Jones says
Weary in well doing, what I have to keep in mind.
Thank you for reading Rebecca.
Calleen Petersen says
Tp persevere can sound like a chore, but I really feel that God intends for us to persevere with joy.
Great point, Calleen.
Lucy At Home says
It can be hard to persevere when things are tough or trials last for a long time and we can’t see any way out. But we have a good God whom we can rely on and trust, even in the darkest, most frightening hours #blogcrush
That’ll preach, Lucy!
Karen Del Tatto says
Thanks for sharing these great encouragements from Scripture to persevere!
I appreciate you stopping by, Karen.
Kim Stiver says
Thank you for putting together such a useful list of scriptures that encourage us to endure and finish the race with enthusiasm. I’ll be sharing the book with others for sure!
Thank you, Kim.