That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (New Living Translation)- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Sitting at my computer right now, I can look up at my wall and read those very same words. I printed them out in pink ink and then matted and framed them. I was about to begin treatment for breast cancer and I did not want to forget these words. I cannot count the times I read them back then when I often felt like my body was dying and I still read them today.
Never give up! It doesn't matter how much you are suffering whether it be physical or emotional. Don't give up! God is faithful and He will renew your spirit every day if you place yourself in His hands.
When you are in the midst of the fire, it will seem like it is lasting forever but after you have passed through it you will realize, it really was not forever. The night will not last forever... it is just one moment in time and there will be a time when the dawn will break for those of us who are in Christ. There will come a time when the darkness will fade for one last time, never to be seen or endured again.
Let us always remember to fix our gaze upon Jesus Christ and the things which are eternal.