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I’m kind of hung up on the perseverance thing right now.  With a new health problem, intolerance to the meds, and recurring symptoms - I’m having a hard time keeping the perspective of persevering, yet I know that is what I need to do.

I went to my trusty dictionary and looked up the definition of perseverance.  It helped me to realize the attitude that must be foremost in my mind right now.

perseverance noun in a competitive environment, perseverance is an invaluable assetpersistencetenacitydeterminationstaying powerindefatigabilitysteadfastnesspurposefulnesspatienceenduranceapplicationdiligencededicationcommitmentdoggednessassiduitytirelessnessstaminaintransigenceobstinacyinformal stick-to-itivenessformal pertinacity.

With definition well in hand, I went on to do a Scripture search.  There were twenty-two verses associated with that word.  I am copying most of them here as I feel they are very helpful to read together.  If today is a day of endurance for you, a day in which you need to persevere, I pray God’s word gives you the strength  you need.

But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. Luke 8:15

to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; Romans 2:7

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; Romans 5:3

and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; Romans 5:4

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:25

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5

The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. 2 Corinthians 12:12

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18

therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. 2 Thessalonians 1:4

But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11

Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, 2 Timothy 3:10

Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Titus 2:2

and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 2 Peter 1:6

I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 1:9

‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; Revelation 2:2

and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. Revelation 2:3

‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. Revelation 2:19

Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 3:10

If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:10

Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. Revelation 14:12

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