Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary1 and lose heart.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.25
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart3 when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,4 and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."a57
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.6 For what son is not disciplined by his father?
If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline),7 then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
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 our spirits8 and live!910
Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.1011
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace11 for those who have been trained by it.