Friday, April 19, 2013

P is for Perseverance

* For added encouragement, be sure you look up a verse or two I included at the end of this post.

P is for Perseverance.

P is for pushing through

E is endurance

R is for remaining 

S is for steadfastness

E is for enduring

V is for victorious

E is for endurance 

R is for remaining 

A is for attitude

N is for not giving up

C is for consistency

E is for enjoying

P is for Perseverance.  

I won't make this long, but I just wanted to share that there is only one Greek word with a second word of variation for our English word perseverance in the Bible.  And, there are no Hebrew words for the word.  (At least in the NIV). This is the time where I wish I knew some of both languages, more than a what a dictionary can tell me.

Anyway, Hypomone means to persevere.  To remain under.  A bearing up under, patience, endurance as to things or circumstances.  Hypomone is associated with hope and refers to that quality of character that does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial....Specifically, patience as a quality of mind, the bearing of evils and suffering with tranquil mind.

We know how the story went for the One who showed us what Perseverance looks like.  He endured.  He was patient.  He beared up and remained under.  He endured.

That One.

That Jesus.

He did it.

For you.

Now you can persevere too.

Hang in there.

Don't give up.

Victory is coming.

Release from your suffering is coming.


P is for Perseverance.


Romans 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 3:5; Hebrews 10:36; 12:1;
James 1:3,4, 12; 5:11; 2 Peter 1:6; Revelation 2:2, 19; Luke 8:15; 1 Corinthians 13:7;

One side note:  In Hebrews 11:27 the word used for persevered is kartereo - to be strong, steadfast, firm; to endure, hold out, bear the burden.  In this verse it signifies enduring severe circumstances with strength and courage.

In 1 Timothy 4:16 persevere translated is the word epimeno - to stay, remain; to continue in, keep on, persevere.  

1 comment:

  1. Good reminder and encouragement.

    A friend and I were talking this past week about some of those same Greek words - I actually had to double-take when I first read your post given that earlier conversation!