See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.__________________________
These strong words call all professing Christians to a self-examination that would keep us from living in fear or rebellion. One evidence of truly knowing Christ is perseverance in faith. We must be on guard, therefore, that we do not develop "an evil, unbelieving heart." What is the antidote to the poison of unbelief? It is mutual accountability and daily encouragement of one another. Sin is deceitful and can harden our hearts. Let us be watchful, then, and "hold our original confidence firm to the end." We thank God for faithful spouses and other friends who help us walk with Christ. And we should be on the lookout for those who name Christ's name yet do not continue with him. They need our prayers and maybe our help.
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