Endurance


"The course of the Creative alters and shapes beings until each attains its true, specific nature, then it keeps them in conformity with the Great Harmony. Thus does it show itself to further through perseverance."
I Ching #1


"Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal. Such certainty alone gives that light which leads to success. This leads to the perseverance that brings good fortune and bestows power to cross the great water. One is faced with a danger that has to be overcome. Weakness and impatience can do nothing. Only a strong man can stand up to his fate, for his inner security enables him to endure to the end. This strength shows itself in uncompromising truthfulness [with himself]. It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any sort of self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized. This recognition must be followed by resolute and persevering action. For only the man who goes to meet his fate resolutely is equipped to deal with it adequately. Then he will be able to cross the great water—that is to say, he will be capable of making the necessary decision and of surmounting the danger."

Commentary - Page 411
"Waiting means holding back. Danger lies ahead. Being firm and strong one does not fall into it. The meaning is that one does not become perplexed or bewildered.
" … (if) we feel secure in our own strength and do not act overhastily, we avoid perplexity.
" … If you are sincere, you have light and success. Perseverance brings good fortune
" … through progress the work is accomplished."
I Ching #5 - Judgement

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." [1] 
Matthew 10:22


"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
Matthew 24:12-13


"But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;"
—Hebrews 3:13-14


"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. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
—Hebrews 6:10-12


"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:"
—I. Peter 1:13-14


"But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:"
—Revelation 2:25-26



Return - arrow [1] - From a primary word σῶς sōs̄ (contraction for the obsolete σάος saos , "safe"); to save, that is, deliver or protect—Translated variously as: heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. - Strong's Greek #4982