Noun: Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Theology: Continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
2 Peter 1
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge;
6 to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness;
Grow in Knowledge
As we grow in knowledge of the Word of God, we are challenged to add more to our plate. We are given more responsibility. As we face each day, we are to practice what we have learned. We are to exemplify with our actions our faith, our knowledge, and our self-control.
Now, we must add perseverance. We must continue to be in a state of grace. We must be persistent in our purpose to overcome difficulties, obstacles, and discouragement. We must endure our trials. We must not give up.
Like the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” we must shield ourselves with the armor of God and face all that comes our way. When trials and tribulations arise, we must cling on to the Word of God. Allow trust and faith to carry us through. Allow God to be in control.