- Joe Norton
A word study in 2 Peter 1:5-11
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, “to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,” (2 Peter 1:6).
“Perseverance,” translated “patience” in the King James Version, has a broader meaning than we understand when we use the word patience today. It means “steadfastness, constancy, endurance.”
More specifically, this word has reference to the way a person reacts when he undergoes some trial or affliction in life—it is one’s reaction to such things as hurt, pain, conflict, humiliation, or even persecution. The question is: How does one’s faith or Christian commitment hold up under such negative circumstances?
Throughout the New Testament, we are admonished to endure no matter what happens to us in life; and certainly, Jesus left a supreme example of perseverance. We, then, must persevere, regardless of negative life experiences, because we have never suffered as severely as Jesus did.