Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us,
keeping our eyes on Jesus,a the source and perfecterb of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Himc endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.d
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won't grow weary and lose heart.
In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord's discipline lightly, or faint when you are reproved by Him;
for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives. e7
Endure it as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?
But if you are without discipline-which allf receiveg-then you are illegitimate children and not sons.