5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness… (2 Peter 1:5–6, NKJV)
Perseverance is of no redeeming spiritual value if it is not directed by godliness. Steadfastly committing sin is no virtue. So then, in order to strengthen your faith, add godliness to your endurance. Godliness is reverent respect for God; piety, devotion. Surely godliness guided Jesus to always do what pleased His Father (Jno. 8:29). As your mind is turned toward God in reverent respect you are better equipped to persevere through life’s challenges. When your faith is tested, it will be your devotion to God that helps you endure. Without this God-ward attitude you lose your incentive to endure; you forget God. But through godliness, discouragement is thwarted and faith prevails. Strengthen your faith today by remaining devoted to the things of God: “exercise yourself toward godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7-8).