Hebrews 12-13

“God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” (v7).  Loving discipline means training a child for their own benefit.  God teaches us “for our good, that we may share his holiness” (v10).  In His hands, the difficult circumstances of our lives become a training ground for patience, self-control, and humility.  Like the athlete who endures to the end of the race (v1-3), we know that our present lives have purpose and that we will share in the joy of eternity (v2). 

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (v11).