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Blessed Are Those Who Persevere
From James 1:12 we find that the Lord offers blessing to "the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."
But the Lord also warns not to be complacent. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering," 1 Peter 5:8-9.
Finally, in James 1:4-5 we discover that finishing our work is important, too. "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything."
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