There are many situations in life that are difficult for us to endure. For example, we could discover that someone in our life has been using us for personal gain. We may discover that someone has been talking about us behind our backs. We could simply be going through a tough time financially. Regardless of the situation, Paul gives us some advice that is applicable to the hard times in our lives.
Paul was encouraging the church at Thessalonica to live out the Christian life. Near the end of his second epistle to the church at Thessalonica, Paul told the Thessalonians of his hope for this church. He wanted their hearts to be directed to God's love and Christ's endurance.
In every tough situation in our lives, we must display the love of God if we want our actions to be pleasing to Him. If we do not show the love of God in the tough times, it becomes far too easy for us to become flustered and do something that displeases God. We need to show the love that is willing to do anything to help our worst enemies.
We also need Christ's endurance during the tough times in our lives. Christ endured beatings and torture for us. However, He knew the end result of that torture would be the salvation of mankind. Whenever we are faced with a tough situation in our lives, we need to show the type of endurance that Christ did. If God receives the glory, it is all worth it.