Matthew 10:22 says this..."And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." In the Greek language the term endureth is defined as the following.
2) to remain i.e. abide, not recede or flee
a) to preserve: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one's faith in Christ
b) to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments
In the day and time in which we live I feel that people are losing their ability to endure. The misfortunes and trials of life are claiming new victims every day. Why? I believe that many people are trading endurance for an easy way out. It's so easy to say everything is going wrong and I don't think that I can take it any more. Consider the ant that spends hours building an anthill just to see it all washed away with a downpour, or worse, to see it tore down by a human being or animal. But have you ever seen an ant that just stopped moving and gave up? I haven't. Proverbs 6:6-8 says Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest. If an ant has it figured out, then why not humans? Trouble will come but we must endure. Persecution will occur, but we must endure. There will always be people that try to tear down everything that you do. But if you will endure, you will be enjoying the fruit of your labor and the warmth of God's love when the harsh winter arrives.