Since we are surrounded by so many examples [of faith], we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.
We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.
Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don't become tired and give up.
You struggle against sin, but your struggles haven't killed you.
You have forgotten the encouraging words that God speaks to you as his children: "My child, pay attention when the Lord disciplines you. Don't give up when he corrects you.
The Lord disciplines everyone he loves. He severely disciplines everyone he accepts as his child."
Endure your discipline. God corrects you as a father corrects his children. All children are disciplined by their fathers.
If you aren't disciplined like the other children, you aren't part of the family.
On earth we have fathers who disciplined us, and we respect them. Shouldn't we place ourselves under the authority of God, the father of spirits, so that we will live?
For a short time our fathers disciplined us as they thought best. Yet, God disciplines us for our own good so that we can become holy like him.
We don't enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.
Strengthen your tired arms and weak knees.
Keep walking along straight paths so that your injured leg won't get worse. Instead, let it heal.
Try to live peacefully with everyone, and try to live holy lives, because if you don't, you will not see the Lord.
Make sure that everyone has kindness from God so that bitterness doesn't take root and grow up to cause trouble that corrupts many of you.