Realizing that his students needed much encouragement, instruction, and guidance in order to be able to follow his example, the master Christian, Christ Jesus, by his tender persuasion and loving promises always gave them fresh inspiration. Emphasizing the value of perseverance and steadfastness in learning and practicing what he taught, he said ( John 8:31, 32 ), "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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