#4—Add To Self-Control, Perseverance
When God imparts self-control in one of our areas of struggles, then He expects us to walk in the power of that for the rest of our days. The power to keep walking in victory in whatever area of personal struggle is the power of perseverance.
Perseverance simply put = staying power. We need perseverance—
- in our temptations.
- in our prayers.
- in our work.
In every area of our life we need God’s fruit of perseverance.
Business philosopher Jim Rohn said, “It takes time to build a work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. How long should you try? Until. Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’ve signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.”
#5—Add to Perseverance, Godliness
At one point in history, salt was a form of money. That’s where the saying “He’s worth his salt” comes from.
What is godliness? God-likeness!
And we should frequently ask ourselves if this activity of ours, this lifestyle of ours, this habit of ours, is pleasing to God. WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) is a great saying!
So what does it mean to be godly? Paul describes it vividly in Ephesians 4:22-5:1:
So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23 Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24 and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.
No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ. If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. Don’t give the Devil a chance. If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor. Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. Since you are God’s dear children, you must try to be like him.