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As I write this devotion, my heart was set on fire from the opening word: endurance. For I believe with all my heart the word endurance is a word we should all embrace. We have to have toughness, tenacity, and patience to endure trials and troubles on this Christian journey. In fact, endurance is needed to develop our character because out of endurance our strength in God is increased. Endurance helps us to develop into what God would have us to be. There is a portion of scripture in Romans 5:4 that speaks about how endurance develops our character.

“And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”

This verse is surrounded by the call to rejoice in suffering. Paul speaks about patience, experience, and hope; for ultimately, they will create in us the strength we need so God can get the glory out of our lives. Paul in the book of Romans speaks about adversity, for he says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Paul is clear that God will use trials and troubles for good, but we have to endure so we can see the good that comes out of it. Paul does not say the trials and troubles are good, but he does say God can use them for good. Too many believers quit and drop out of the race before they can see what God has at the end. They miss the opportunity God has given for endurance to be fully developed so that they can truly be strong servants of the Lord. I pray that this one word, endurance, is one you are going to run with until you reach the end of your journey. At the end, you will receive a godly reward, but while you are running with endurance, your character as a child of God is being developed.

Romans 5:4 (NLT)