Do not keep focusing on Christ’s suffering, but on His attitude!
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
(Hebrews 12:3-6 )
The author was well aware of the disheartened condition of his readers. He was concerned that they might abandon their faith in the face of their struggles against evil and injustice. Their weariness and hopelessness was attributed to their attitude towards God’s discipline. By understanding God’s purposes in their predicament, they can turn their weariness into strength and hope. The cross gives us an objective view of Christ’s suffering, but our focus should not be on the extent of His suffering but on His attitude. By adopting Christ’s attitude into our mindset, we have reason to face the challenges of life and to overcome them.
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~ Sharing by City Revival Church’s Pastor Gabriel Chan sharing on Hebrews 12:3-6 https://thethirdrevival.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/hebrews-123-6-do-not-keep-focusing-on-christs-suffering-but-on-his-attitude/