I have given you everything you need for life and godliness through your knowledge of Me, I called you to Me by My glory and goodness. And through these I have given you My very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in My divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
I know you dearly want both of these things. So it is for this very reason that I want you to make every effort to be willing to go through the process and add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. Because if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Me. If you do not have these qualities, you will be nearsighted and blind, and that will be evidence that you have forgotten that I have cleansed you from your past sins.
Now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when I am revealed.
I know this will be hard for you to understand, because of all you see. But these troubles are achieving for you an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Remember that what is seen is temporary. What is unseen is eternal.
I was rebuked for this process to my face, when I walked the earth you walk. It was not understood then, either. I spoke plainly that I must suffer many things, be rejected, be killed, and rise again. You are tempted to rebuke me when you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.
If you want to come after me, you must deny yourself, and take up your cross and follow me.
For if you want to save your life you will lose it, but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel I will save it. What good is it for you to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul?
The more you truly love someone, the more you are affected by what affects them. In knowing Me there is the fellowship of sharing in My suffering.
And it has been granted you to not only believe on Me, but also to suffer for Me.
Truly, blessed are you when you are persecuted because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven."
Oh Love that will not let me go...