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PERSEVERANCE

16 Oct

“In perseverance, there is a concurrence of our care and diligence (Phi. 2:12, 13)…The main work is God’s: “He that has begun a good work must perfect it” (Phi. 1:6)…But yet there is a concurrence of our care and endeavours…We have a power to act and do what is necessary for the preservation of the spiritual life. Well, then, let us not neglect the means. You must not think that God must do all. He does all, indeed, but in us and by us. Idle wishes will do us no good as long as our hands refuse the labour.
We ourselves are prone to…a decay of both faith, love and obedience, which are the three main graces…We are assaulted with continual temptations…apt to grow secure and negligent…Let us make it our care to keep what graces we have gotten.
—-Thomas Manton, “Epistle of Jude.”

 
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