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“Perseverance”

 

"and in your self-control, perseverance..." 2 Peter 1:6

Our 5th quality is perseverance. Words similar to this are endurance, long-suffering, and patience. The idea of perseverance is persisting in the same course or action, not yielding to adversity or hardship. It is steadfastness, holding firm in your belief and trust in the Lord despite what difficulties you may face. I think of long-distance running when I hear the word endurance. It is not easy, or short, but rather requires one to strive for the goal, maintaining their speed and constant effort, overcoming pain and exhaustion. 

Ask yourself: are you struggling with your patience? Do you have a hard time dealing with people? Are you quick to anger? Are you going through hardships and finding it hard to continue on? Based on how you answered these questions, you may need to place more emphasis on the quality of perseverance. How can you grow in your perseverance? Take daily steps towards deepening your trust and devotion in the Lord. Learn to pray for every occasion - good news and bad. Make your communication with God your first reaction, not your last. Spend time reading your Bible, especially about people who suffered yet retained their spiritual integrity like Job, Joseph, or Paul. Think of Jesus and the cross, the true example of longsuffering. Remember that all adversity, no matter how severe, is temporary. It will not last forever, unlike your God who never rests. Be patient with people. Remember that even difficult people were made by our God, and that they have a soul worth loving and bringing to Jesus. The next time you have a trying situation, practice these things. Remember that God is in control, lean on your Savior and trust in Him. Don't give up. Don't quit. Just keep pressing on towards the prize of the upward call of Jesus, remembering that you can do all things, even overcome this very hardship, through your Lord (Philippians 4:13).