When It’s Easier to Give Up

I can think of many situations where I’ve wanted to give up. They vary from finishing a paper to working out at the gym, or even trying to mend a relationship.

When things become tougher than we originally expected, it can be tempting to quit. However, God often uses these moments to teach us an aspect of the fruit of His Spirit: patience.

Aren’t you glad God doesn’t give up on us? Philippians 1:6 (NIV) says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

I wrote this verse on a sticky note and put it on the front of my study Bible, where it stayed for nearly two years. Every time I opened that Bible, the verse reminded me that I was a work in progress. The Holy Spirit is my teacher, and He will never give up on me.

In the same way that God is patient with us, we should be patient in difficult circumstances. Romans 5:3­–5 says, “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

That verse is packed with wisdom, and I encourage you to take some time to examine it in detail. However, the point is that God uses suffering to transform us to be hopeful in Him. This transformation doesn’t take place overnight, but in small steps. Our job is to look to the Holy Spirit for guidance and persevere. He will always come through!

Rachel Sinclair is a student at Samford University and loves to share people’s stories. Contact her at rsinclai@samford.edu.







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