Abide...we hear the word, but do we know what it means? The word used in the New Testament commes from the Greek "meno" which has many different meanings...
To remain in a place and not depart from it
To continue to be present
To remain as one
To last or endure
To wait for
So to abide in Christ is to not walk away from Him and to be actively present in relationship with Him. It means to be as one with Him even when life gets hard. To abide is to persevere, to wait for Him to redeem the hard struggles in life and to come out on the other side the victor.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith develops pereseverance. James 1:2-3