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Don't Ever Give-up

Don't Ever Give-up

The difficulties and trials of life can be overwhelming at times. Regardless of our station in life; whether we be rich, poor, high on the social ladder or social outcast, misfortune and hardship will occur to each of us. Jesus is the great physician and showing His patience to man, He is able to provide the prescription enabling us to cope with the difficulties of life, Jesus said in: Luke 5:31–32 (ESV) 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” "Don't Ever Give-Up" is not just a pleasant slogan to the ear, but rather it is the only formula allowing us to meet the hurts and hardships that confront us.

Paul was encouraging the Galatian Christians to not become weary of doing good, in due season you will reap the profits of your actions. Galatians 6:9 (ESV) 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. As Paul wrote to the Galatians, he was encouraging them to help those in the community of faith. Always be gentle, not arrogant, as this was the way of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What Paul was stressing is we have a personal responsibility to be encouragers, gentle, and display the attributes of Jesus Christ. The Christian self-examination is conducted in the light of the law of Christ – especially the law is standard which is embodied in the person of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:28 (ESV) 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Romans 2:7 (ESV) 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; We see three terms used in this particular passage: glory, honor, and mortality. Glory is referring to something that is ascribed to God, while honor and immortality points to actions that are not done from selfish motives – as the worldly-minded seek their favorite pleasures. This comes from a sense of values that arises from the conviction that nothing can compare with these qualities and that these are the gifts of God’s example. God gives us eternal life.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 (ESV) 13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. In this passage Paul provides us a contrast with those who walk disorderly and those who have not neglected their worldly responsibility. As he makes this statement; do not grow weary in doing good. This phrase is been differently translated. "Lose not heart in well doing", or "faint not in well doing", or "be not weary in well doing". The phrase is to be understood in its general sense, denoting holy and upright conduct as we have seen in Galatians 6:9, where the same exhortation is given.

Summarizing, Paul is stating in effect "Don't Ever Give-Up," as a substitute to the tragic circumstances that come to pass.

During our human experience, we will experience doubt, we have all engaged in discussions of unfortunate events by stating: "why me" or "why did this happen?" Life can be difficult to understand with hardships, terminal disease, unexpected death, and other suffering. These are difficulties that occur among the human family periodically and decide our character and spiritual well-being. From a personal perspective enjoying a full and rich life with a wonderful wife, two children, five grandsons, and three great-granddaughters and providing the sheer pleasure of working with the church of the Lord was the crowning happiness for me. Our family life exceeded all expectations of joy and happiness. We have all endured heartbreak and difficult events that we overcame; thus, the negative forces of evil could be expected. It is a false delusion to think we will not confront the horrific episodes that Satan will bring on us. "Don't Ever Give Up" is the only formula to follow despite the unbelievable heartache that can be thrust on us.

I will close with 1 of the all-time great Scriptures that encourage us, “don’t ever give up”.

Psalm 23:1–6 (ESV) 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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