Perseverance is an interesting word. On dictionary.com it has two ideas or thoughts…
- A steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
- Theology: continuance in a state of grace to the end,leading to eternal salvation.
Both of these ideas are about moving forward regardless of what happens. It is about continuing onwards in life in general and also on our faith journey.
My Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary describes perseverance this way… “The steadfast effort to follow God’s commands and do His work.” I like solidness of the word “steadfast”.
We see in the Bible that the New Testament alone makes it clear that faith alone can save (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, it makes it clear that perseverance in doing good works is an indication that our faith is genuine and vitally important to us (James 2:14-16).
For the Christian, perseverance grows from a trust that God has always been steadfast and faithful to His people. Through persevering and continuing in God’s work, we show our deep appreciation for God’s saving grace (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).
As a result of perseverance as Christians, we find that we not only build up the church, but we build up and strengthen our own character (Romans 5:3-4). In short, we become closer to God as a result of persevering in our faith walk with Him.
I find the whole topic of perseverance and persevering in our faith very interesting. At the heart of it for me is that God loves me, Jesus died for me and He has blessed me so much. This is the reason why I want to continue to persevere in Him.