“...he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
The gift of salvation is perfected in the furnace of “tribulation”. Without “tribulation” there can be no real salvation. Otherwise, what would I need saving from?
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached
in all the world as a witness to all the nations…”
The message of my life means nothing if I do not soar above my sorrow and choose to love like Christ. This is the “gospel of the kingdom” I must preach, the story I must tell. There is redemption and purpose in the gift of my suffering. I do not have to let my “love... grow cold”. Rather, I can learn from my pain and take the gospel's impact on me into “all the world as a witness to all the nations”. Then, according to Jesus, “the end will come”.