We consider the third fruit of holy love: that we will persevere in obedience to the end of our lives, no matter what trials and difficulties we may have to face. This follows from the fact that this holy love in our souls will never be fully extinguished. Therefore, we will continue to move forward towards Christ-likeness until we obtain it in heaven. We consider that: 

  • If the Lord has saved you, you will persevere to the end. 
  • The believer will persevere not only in easy times, but especially in difficult times. 
  • Even when the believer stumbles and falls (which is, sadly, inevitable) he or she will never fall entirely away from the Lord. 

A true believer will persevere because the Lord is preserving him or her. If we hold on to the Lord, it is a good sign that we are true believers.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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