Last week we reviewed the first three of seven things we should supplement to our faith. This week, we will look at the other four.
Stick-two-it-edness. That’s a real thing. Some people call it grit. Scripture calls it steadfastness. It means to endure with hope and patience. Believers are called to push through life’s challenges and not give up hope because our hope is eternal. I love stories about believers who have faced great trials and yet have remained hopeful and joyful as they stay focused on the eternal hope in Christ. These are an inspiration to me.
Add godliness to your faith. Honor and revere the Lord. To have a true understanding of who He is, will cause us to revere, honor, respect, and fear Him. God created the universe with His verbal command. He sustains every molecule in it. He is perfect, yet He made a way for us to know Him and to be adopted as sons and daughters.
In Jesus’ last prayer before being arrested, He prayed for the unity of the church. We are to be united as a family of believers. Unity and love is a way that we are to be unique from the world. We see divisions and hatred around us. But the church must demonstrate brotherly affection. Caring for, praying for, supporting, holding accountable, and fellowshipping with one another.
Lastly, we are to add love to our faith. Love is not a feeling. Love is putting others ahead of ourselves. Love is an action – it is a verb. 1 John 3:18 says, “let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth”. And love does not mean we never confront. That is selfishness and pride, as we ignore what should be dealt with to protect our own feelings.