All this theolgical discussion of faith has practical outcomes. In chapter 11 we see great examples of faith and in chapter 12 we are encouraged to live by faith, now in chapter 13 the writer gives us what the evidences of faith in our lives should look like. If we are truly walking and growing in faith (which is spiritual maturity) then our lives reflect it.
Faith is living with an eternal perspective and believing that God will complete everything He has started in us. It is living with the assurance that no matter what this life may bring, our eternity is secure. Faith is not giving up on God when the hard times hit.
Here are some of the things the author says is the outward reflection of living by faith...
Keep on loving each other as brothers.
Do not forget to entertain strangers
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure,
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
Through Jesus, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not forget to do good and to share with others
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.
Is your faith showing?