April 17

Hebrews 12:1-3

“Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.” vs. 3

Most of us will, at one time or another in the course of our lifetimes, discover that there are people who have it in for us. Sometimes we’ll know the reason. We’ve done or said something that has caused offense and the victims are simply getting even as best they can. Their rationale is obvious: we’ve hurt them, and now they’re going to inflict some pain in return. But at other times we really don’t know what the problem is…we just know that there’s real hostility in each of our encounters. That’s kind of the way it is in this world when the tentacles of sin can insinuate themselves into most every relationship. Our journey is never without complications. The writer of Hebrews offers some direction to readers. Likening life to a race he advises them to run with Jesus and to remember that Jesus too faced hostility along the way. If it happened to him we can be pretty sure that we who bear his name will face the same challenges. It’s just part of the job description! Jesus didn’t lose heart…and neither should we! Living by faith we slog our way through the toughest times with confidence. In Christ we’re all going to be winners!

Thought for the Day: When have I encountered hostility in life?


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