Today’s reading emphasizes on the need to totally disentangle ourselves from sin by looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. It is only by His grace we are able to live a victorious life over sin. On the challenges we could face as Christians, this chapter urges us to stand firm in the faith. We are encouraged to endure discipline as true sons and daughters for ‘it is the child God loves that he disciplines’. We are to keep in mind that no discipline seems pleasant at the time; it however produces a harvest of righteousness.
We are to strengthen our fellow believers who are weak so that the body of Christ will be healthy.
When we face trials and tribulations, we are always quick to attribute it to a sin we have committed. Christ has however redeemed us from the curse of the law; He will not bring back the sin He had washed away. Earthly parents correct their children when they go wrong. So also our heavenly father disciplines us because of His love for us. We are to take lessons from that discipline.
Everything is working together for my good through Christ Jesus.
Reading – Hebrews 12:1-13
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God Disciplines His Children
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.