ENDURE – To remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding, To withstand adversity, Durable and lasting, Going through a hardship.
Our Lord knew all too well what it felt like to endure all He was sent here to go through. You would think that for all Christ stood for He would have had many friends, yet He had to endure and be rejected even of His own. (John 1:10-14) He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Just like Paul in front of Agrippa when he gave his testimony of what happened to him on the road to Damascus was told he was crazy or beside himself, and we too will endure the same when telling our testimony of meeting Christ, and we suffer gladly for the one who gave His life for us! (Acts 26:24-29) And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds
As a Christian we will be thought of as different and there is no shame in bearing a message the world will not accept, Jesus at times was not believed, but this does not change that no matter what we face we will preach the gospel so others will know the price that was paid for their redemption. (1 Peter 3:15-17) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.