to preserve: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one's faith in Christ
to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments
There are so many times I want out of a situation.
But God clearly calls us to endure to.the.end and through the through He refines us making us more like His son. Life may, no, it will get HOT, uncomfortable, confusing, painful but God calls us to stay put. Bear up under. I need this reminder daily.
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Yes and Amen. I must abide in Him.
doúlos (a masculine noun of uncertain derivation) – properly, someone who belongs to another; a bond-slave, without any ownership rights of their own. Ironically, 1401/doúlos ("bond-slave") is used with the highest dignity in the NT – namely, of believers who willingly live under Christ's authority as His devoted followers.
Our friend, who #5 is named after, talked about getting this one. He never did, but he made me think a lot about this.
I am not a male but I am a slave to Christ, yet I am very free. Doulos.
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