In 1951 I was given an Autograph book. I already had one, so I have used it to record poems and quotes over many years. Reading through it recently I came across a quote from a missionary newsletter in 1960.
“ There must be a continual conscious seeking after God, or there will be an inevitable unconscious drifting away from God.”
A continual seeking after God requires perseverance, which is mentioned many times in the New Testament. Christ persevered to achieve our salvation.
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
2 Thessalonians 3. 5.
Peter’s list of qualities that he exhorts us to add to our faith includes perseverance.
“make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self control, and to self control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness, and to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love.”
2 Peter 1. 5-7.
Another quote I found in my little book is from Hudson Taylor, the missionary who worked in China.
“ True love cannot be stationary; it must either decline or grow.”
May we all persevere in seeking to love God and to love each more and more.