Pearls of the Word

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Bearing fruit through our constancy

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"And those that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit through their constancy [upomone]" (Luke 8:15 Interlinear).

According to its etymology [upo-mone] constancy means holding fast to one’s position in the face of something threatening; which is to say, the courage to resist, to persevere, to accept the inevitable, to have patience, the endurance to accomplish something.

Therefore, constancy is necessary to obtain what is promised us (Hebrews 10:36). That is why the Word urges us to withstand our various challenges in order to have the victory, which, in its turn, brings hope (Romans 5:4). Thus our faith is put to the test in order to bear fruit (John 1:3).