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Many people fail in marriage for one reason, NO ENDURANCE! They quit, they drop out, they fail to stick with it.

Endurance comes from a compound Greek word: hupo (under) + meno (to remain). Literally, it means perseverance under pressure, under testings, under trials. We must learn to stick with it when troubles, trials, discouragement and difficulties come into our lives.

Nothing in life that’s worth fighting for comes easy. Marriage isn’t always a pleasant walk in the park. I guarantee, your spouse is going to get on your nerves. You will have trials, pressures, and may find yourself facing disappointment and discouragement repeatedly. However, you must make up your mind to stand strong, and not fall apart everytime the winds of dissatisfaction blow your way.

If we can learn to endure, the Bible tells us that Endurance will produce character and hope.

Endurance Produces Character

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4, ESV).

It’s not hard to see how suffering produces endurance. Just as suffering physical pain increases our pain threshold, so does emotional distress. At least to a point, we can endure more than we think, and going through pain teaches us this. Endurance produces character, because the person who can live with suffering is far more likely to remain loyal to the Lord.

But how does character produce hope? Character is often shaped through suffering and has the amazing abilities that non-character simply doesn’t. It’s capable of seeing beyond circumstances and behaviors. It trusts God is going to work everything out when everything around them looks hopeless because they know God is faithful. The stronger the character, the greater the hope.

I pray that as you read this, you are energized with a tenacity to persevere and endure. Don’t give up on your spouse or your marriage. Begin to pray, stand and trust God as you endure and do your part in producing a good, godly marriage.