So then let's also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let's throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,
and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith's pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God's throne.
Think about the one who endured such opposition from sinners so that you won't be discouraged and you won't give up.
In your struggle against sin, you haven't resisted yet to the point of shedding blood,
and you have forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as sons and daughters: My child, don't make light of the Lord's discipline or give up when you are corrected by him, 6because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts.a