Bible: Hebrews 12:1-17
The Lord’s Discipline
12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 1 we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 12:2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. 2 12:3 Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. 12:4 You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed 3 in your struggle against sin. 12:5 And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons?
“My son, do not scorn 4 the Lord’s discipline
or give up when he corrects 5 you.
12:6 “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.” 6
12:7 Endure your suffering 7 as discipline; 8 God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 12:8 But if you do not experience discipline, 9 something all sons 10 have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. 12:9 Besides, we have experienced discipline from 11 our earthly fathers 12 and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? 13 12:10 For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness. 12:11 Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. 14 But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness 15 for those trained by it. 12:12 Therefore, strengthen 16 your listless hands and your weak knees, 17 12:13 and make straight paths for your feet, 18 so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.
Do Not Reject God’s Warning
12:14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, 19 for without it no one will see the Lord. 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up 20 and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled. 12:16 And see to it that no one becomes 21 an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 22 12:17 For you know that 23 later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing 24 with tears.