Living with Persistence

Miriam-Webster defines persistence this way: to go on resolutely or stubbornly despite opposition, importunity, or warning.[1] Biblically speaking, persistence is closely linked with endurance and perseverance. Persistence can be a positive or a negative character quality. The difference in positive persistence and negative persistence is one of motivation. On the one hand, positive persistence is motivated by being righteous and should be modeled by all believers. On the other hand, negative persistence is motivated by unrighteousness in that it is self-serving and sinful. Negative persistence should not be a character quality of a child of God. In fact, negative persistence should be avoided like the plague. Fortunately, the Bible presents persistence more often as positive instead of negative.

The parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18 is an example of positive persistence. The widow had been denied legal justice. Day after day, she persisted in harassing the judge until the answer finally came. In his daily devotional, Walking with Jesus, pastor David Jeremiah makes this point about this parable, “The point of the parable was not that God is reluctant to answer our prayers. He was telling us not to give up on any item about which we are praying.”[2] In short, we are to be persistent. We can be certain our prayers will be answered in God’s way and in God’s timing.

Being persistent is an essential character quality for all Christians. We are to be persistent in prayer, in faith (Hebrews 11:13), in enduring to the end so that we will be saved (Mark 13:13), and in doing good (Galatians 6:9). Persistence is part of a godly character when its objectives are godly; it is part of a worldly character when its objectives are worldly.[3]

Live persistently believer, pursuing godly objectives!

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 

[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persist

[2] Jeremiah, David. Walking With Jesus 2023, pg. 37

[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-persistence.html