Why Should Ours Be a Life of Endurance and Patience?

Since our failures are liberally pardoned by a merciful Father in Christ, we can strive to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”  We are not motivated by fear of rejection or a need to seek approval.  Instead, it is a life of “endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified [us] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”  Why?  “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:10-14)

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 42-43