“May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen” (1 Thessalonians 3:13, NLT).

Not for the faint of heart—when you see this warning it usually means whatever follows is going to either frighten, disgust or freak you out, like an article I saw on eyeball tattooing and piercing. Definitely made me feel squeamish, sickened and disturbed (idioms.thefreedictionary.com).

Life itself could be classified as not for the faint of heart and Paul knew that better than most (just read 2 Corinthians 11). But he also knew he wasn’t alone and without help. Because of the love overflowing from the Holy Spirit (verse 12), Paul’s heart was strengthened and he could pray confidently for the Thessalonians their hearts would also be strong, blameless and holy. May our hearts be strengthened today as we live in the joy of his presence.