One version I read said "stand firm in your convictions". While this one says "the faith", they truly go hand in hand. I love this verse so much because it is such a loving encouragement from God. He's encouraging us to not give up, to stay strong! And no matter how weighed down we feel, we can know that with Him encouraging us, walking through trials with us, we can and will get through.
The first part of this verse is so wonderful, too, because it is a reminder to be watchful and to be firm and stand up for our faith. This is eye opening for me every time I read it. It is easy to think about and know how important it is to stand up for our convictions every day in any way that comes up, but when it does come up sometimes it is harder to be courageous and firm. I know this is a loving reminder from God to me that a life of loving and having faith in Him is not complete without standing up for Him. Even if it means losing everything else- because nothing else could matter more.
There is such a difference in having faith and having firm faith. God is continuously working this in my heart and reminding me of what that means. And just think how amazingly special this is... to be encouraged by God Himself to be strong.
Let us show our love for God and strengthen that love by being courageous in our faith!
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