المسيح يشدد على مبدأ الإصرار ويؤكد ضروة ممارسته إنجيل القدّيس لوق11/من05حتى08/”قالَ الربُّ يَسوعُ: «مَنْ مِنْكُم يَكُونُ لَهُ صَدِيق، وَيَذْهَبُ إِلَيهِ في نِصْفِ ٱللَّيل، وَيَقُولُ لَهُ: يَا صَدِيقِي، أَقْرِضْنِي ثَلاثَةَ أَرْغِفَة، لأَنَّ صَدِيقًا لي قَدِمَ عَلَيَّ مَنْ سَفَر، وَلَيْسَ عِنْدِي مَا أُقَدِّمُهُ لَهُ؛ فَيُجِيبُهُ صَدِيقُهُ مِنَ الدَّاخِلِ ويَقُول: لا تُزْعِجْنِي! فَٱلبَابُ الآنَ مُغْلَق، وَأَوْلادِي مَعِي في الفِرَاش، فَلا أَقْدِرُ أَنْ أَقُومَ لأُعْطِيَكَ؟ أَقُولُ لَكُم: إِنْ كَانَ لا يَقُومُ وَيُعْطِيهِ لأَنَّهُ صَدِيقُهُ، فإِنَّهُ مِنْ أَجْلِ لَجَاجَتِهِ يَنْهَضُ وَيُعْطِيهِ كُلَّ مَا يَحْتَاجُ إِلَيْه.”
Jesus Stresses the Importance Of persistence in life
Luke 11/05-08: “And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.” And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.”I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.”
The Apostils witness the faith Christianization of, Lydia the purple Cloth Dealer
Acts of the Apostles 16,11-23a./We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.
On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities. When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.