Enduring vs surviving

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ. 2 Thess. 3:5

Powering through life in survival mode can cause us to put our hearts in neutral. Jesus did not go to the cross to survive but to endure. Motivated by love and the “joy set before Him,” His endurance yielded forever relationships with us. Endurance develops our faith and helps us tap into the tenderness of Christ so that we can remain loving and hopeful when we face situations that require selflessness, patience, and sacrifice. The lives we live are not about preserving ourselves, our stuff, and our agendas but about loving God and others.

Lord help me to endure even if I don’t survive.