Shedding Blood

I read “The Word Among Us” each night before bed. The past two nights the scripture has been from Hebrews. One sentence has overlapped both days. It has gotten me thinking quite a bit: “In your fight against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood” (Hebrews 12:4).

We all struggle with sin in our lives. It is a part of our human nature. We should not beat ourselves up for it or allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with guilt over it. We should, however, ask ourselves “How hard am I fighting to resist the temptation to sin?” Since I first read this passage it has become a constant reminder that I am not doing enough. I give in too easily.

What should we do? We need to increase our persistence and discipline. This is exactly why I chose discipline as my new years resolution. I’m not doing as well as I would like with my resolution, but I’m not giving up. The goal of self-discipline comes with a lot of trial and failure along the way. Giving up just shows exactly how undisciplined we can be. Life should not be about seeking instant gratification and avoiding suffering. It needs to be about doing what is right, and oftentimes that means suffering.

Lord, give us the strength to do what is right. Give us the strength to endure suffering to overcome the temptation to sin, even to the point of shedding blood. Amen

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