Patience with spiritual growth
Luke 21:19-- In your patience possess ye your souls.
ESV-- By your endurance you will gain your lives.
NIV-- Stand firm, and you will win life.
Patience—cheerful, hopeful endurance, steadfastness, not swerving from purpose.
Possess—acquire, procure. Soul—psuche—breath, life.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Tribulation—pressure, struggle, burden. Could be sin, could be sickness, etc.
--Tribulation usually defeats us, gets us mad. Let it focus you on the prize.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Persuaded—firmly convinced. This is what happens to saved people.
Accompany salvation—things linked with.
Assurance of hope—full development, don’t quit now. When it gets tough, people quit instead of pushing thru to the reward.
Patience—different word, long-suffering. Forbearance, not losing it when under pressure.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Easily beset—skillfully, deftly, cleverly surrounding, a competitor trying to stop you.
Run with patience—endurance and persistence. Don’t let your struggle with sin make you quit, this is the thing that strengthens! Don’t be content with struggle, press on to victory.