What is diligence?
Websters dictionary defines it as
a :persevering application :assiduity
haste, with haste
- earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after anything
Can we combine these two definitions to say that diligence is the acting out of one’s commitment with the urgency of a limited time to accomplish this task? This is the way I read these definitions in conjunction.
Let’s work this further, if I am not diligent to remove my tomatoes from the vine before the freeze comes in, they will freeze and rot resulting in the loss of fruits from hard work. There is a time limit associated with this word diligence.
Why does this matter? The earth was designed to teach us about Jesus. If my tomatoes require diligence to harvest fruit, what diligence is required then of my spiritual fruit to be harvested? Second Peter 1:5-8 states “and beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”