Committed Race-Running (Hebrews 12:12-17)
It takes God-empowered commitment to run the race!
– Commit to persevering through the hardships (12-13)
– Commit to live in peace with everyone (14a)
– Commit to the pursuit of holiness (14b, 16-17)
– Commit to cultivate the grace of God in your life (15)
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12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. (ESV)