The early church understood that the walk with God was going uphill in this world

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Perseverance and Godliness

Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:6

…and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness

The Apostle Peter uses the Greek word “hupomone” to describe another characteristic needed to be effective and productive.  In the New Testament this word was used to describe a person who would not be swayed from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith even by the greatest trials or sufferings.  In our translation, we use the word “perseverance.”  The early church always understood that the walk with God was going uphill in this world.  They had no illusions of being a Christ follower in order to avoid bad stuff happening to them.  It was just the opposite; they knew that bad things would likely come their way because of their faith.  If you are a Christ follower, you need a strong dose of perseverance.

            Next Peter mentions the word “godliness.”  In this context he is referring to reverence and respect toward God.  Jesus points to this characteristic in the prayer He taught the disciples with the phrase “hallowed be thy name.”  We pray this part of the prayer to remind us to keep a high level of reverence and respect for God.  God is described as a “friend closer than a brother,” but we must not allow that to develop a relationship that lacks deep respect.  He is worthy of our worship and the service of our lives.  Increase godliness in your life!

Father, grant me strength to endure the trials of this day without wavering from my faith.  Hallowed is your holy name.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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