Courage is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important that we not to give up in the face of adversity.
Courage and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, prayed for courage and strength.
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.