Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 12:3-4 Consider Him!

on July 24, 2013

Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (12:3)

Consider: to think carefully about; to look attentively at; to think about and be drawn towards; reflect on, mull over, meditate on, examine

Jesus is our greatest motivation for running the race with endurance.  Meditating on Him protects us from growing faint and weary. In our spiritual life, maybe the reason we feel faint and weary is because we are fixing our eyes on people and problems instead of on the power of Jesus to overcome them!

In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (12:4)

“Struggle against sin” can be understood in two ways: our own personal battles against sin when we often give up or give in too easily, and our struggle against the sin of others that cause hardship, persecution and/or affliction in our own life.

Have I resisted sin to the point of death?  The truth is when it comes to my struggle against sin, I don’t fight hard enough.  I’m not willing to sacrifice for victory.  When I’m faced with hardship, betrayal, pain, affliction and persecution at the hands of others, am I willing to forgive and die for these people’s sins?

Jesus was willing…CONSIDER HIM!!  

  1. He washed Judas’ feet knowing that he would betray Him that night.
  2. He wept over Jerusalem for their inability to accept Him as their Savior and Peace.
  3. He kept Peter in the “inner circle” knowing he would betray Him that night.
  4. He healed the ear of His arrestor.
  5. He asked for forgiveness for His prosecutors and executioners.

Jesus constantly and humbly offered forgiveness, grace, mercy, service, and sacrifice to His enemies.  Considering Him empowers us to endure.  Also, recognizing that WE ARE THE SINNERS who were hostile to Him, and that we have received His grace and forgiveness should free our hearts up to endure the sin of others.


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