I would like to share with you some reflections of mine:
Persistance: Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
I was reflecting on the difficulty that comes with a lack of understanding when we are attempting to complete our cycles of growth. We come from a history of ignorance being born into a system of contrariness to God (sin) but as we progress from little children in Christ, to young men and then to fathers in the faith (1 John 2:13-14) we are continually growing in His grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18). Time is an element we learn to be prudent with because at the altar of Christ we redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16) Satan spent sowing his likeness in us. We know that there are many caverns in the soul that have been destroyed by our activity with Satan's tools but by the tools of Christ we grow in the likeness of Christ and realise that aborting our cycles of growth is in fact a waste of time.
Ultimately, through our progression of faith, we lose all our principles and aspirations which we count as dung and stuff that doesn't matter. We become the apple that fell far from Satan's tree meaning that we increasingly take on the divine nature of Christ Jesus and increasingly cease to resemble the likeness of Satan as iniquity is purged from within us through covenant contact.
For new saints: "The righteous value Christ above their own lives for the life of Christ in us brings us the glory of God."
A slave to His grace,
Second 8th Week Apostolic Institute of Theology