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Hebrews 12:4-13 (Today's New International Version)

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God Disciplines His Children

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.1 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as children? It says, "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart2 when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,3 and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child."a4 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.5 For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined--and everyone undergoes discipline6--then you are not legitimate children at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had parents who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits7 and live!8 10 Our parents disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.9 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace10 for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.11 13 "Make level paths for your feet,"b12 so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.13
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