“…and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness…” (2 Peter 1:6, nasb).
True faith endures! Within the context of 2 Peter 1, perseverance (patience) comes from faith in the promises of God, knowledge of Christ, and experience of His divine power!
Why do we have so many quitters these days when the going has gotten difficult? Possibly you started well, but you gave up. Well, get back in the race. Get back in the battle. Move forward in faith and persevere to the end. The race isn’t over yet!
A father saved money to send his son to an elite school. The son decided to quit school; he could not take it. It was too hard and too boring. His father tried to convince him to stick with it. “Son”, the father said, “you can’t quit. All the great people you remember in history didn’t quit. Abe Lincoln, he didn’t quit. Thomas Edison didn’t quit. Nehru of India and Gandhi didn’t quit. Douglas MacArthur, he didn’t quit. Jose Rizal didn’t quit. And remember Joe Gonzales?” The teenage son interrupted, “Who is Joe Gonzales?” “See,” the father replied, “You don’t remember him, because he quit!”
Perseverance is the ability to endure when circumstances are difficult. Self-control has to do with the pleasures of life, while perseverance has to do with the pressures and problems of life. By faith, we must let our trials work for us because we know that God is at work in our trials.