“hey my best friend just said we were over. Do you have any verses of encouragement? or could you possibly help me understand the context of Hebrews 12?”
Friends come and go, but the Lord remains with you and loves you forever.
Here’s a few Bibles of encouragement:
Exodus 32:11-13. Pray for your friends
Genesis 45:5. Real friends forgive each other
Proverbs 17:17. Friends love in the good and bad times
Psalm 25:4-7. Pray for God to lead you
Philippians 3:12-14. Never give up being your best
2 Timothy 2:3-13. Don’t give up even when you are suffering
Matthew 25:14-23. Sharing in God’s happiness
Revelation 22:3. No evil in heaven
Revelation 21:4. No more tears, sorrow, crying or pain
Rev. 22:5. God will be heaven’s light
Luke 10:17-20. Our greatest honor is being a child of God
Genesis 8:1. God never forgets you so have hope
1 Corinthians 15:54-58. Hope because of Jesus
Romans 8:35-36. Nothing can take God’s love from us
Romans 12:9-21. Love demands that we give of ourselves
Matthew 5:43-48. Loving enemies
Matt. 5:38-42. Christ-like love serves others
Romans 8:24-30. Patiently look for the positive in life
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5. Patience helps you endure suffering
Hebrews 11:13-16. Focus on heaven for patience
Matt. 5:25-26, Make peace with others
1 Corinthians 1:3. Ask God for peace of heart and mind
Matt. 13:21. Never stop believing what Christ can do
Exodus 3:18-22. You can trust your future to God
1 Samuel 20:30-34. How to care for your friends
Wow! There’s so much packed in Hebrews 12; so much wisdom and wonderful words of the Lord.
Before reading God’s Word, we should always pray. Pray for understanding and for the Lord to teach you something. If ask God to come into your Bible study time, then the Lord will surely help you understand. Don’t expect to understand everything because there’s mysteries that even the smartest theologians in the world don’t understand. But if we seek God, God will meet us where we are at.
What I got out of Heb. 12:
Heb. 12:1-13 is “God disciplines His sons”
What verse 1 is talking about is that since we are in a race, we must live holy and blameless lives. V2, we must focus on Jesus Christ our Lord the Holy One. He is the One that give us true joy. V3, think about Him when you feel like you will lose heart. V4, This isn’t even the hardest part yet.
It goes on to say that don’t lost heart and focus on the light, Jesus Christ. Even when we are put to shame, and are correct, take the criticism and accept it for our advantage. This means that When people correct us, don’t lost hope, instead, have even more determination to do good.
It is important to have endurance. God disciplines his sons; it’s because He loves us and wants us to grow.
He then goes into a comparison between our earthly fathers, vs. our Heavenly Father. The main point is that, if our earthy fathers can be so good to us, or they are our heroes, or leaders, or disciplines us, how much more should we depend on our Heavenly Father. How much greater is our Heavenly Father?
Through the touch times that we endure, we grow and we gain wisdom. We may feel the pain right now, but we are actually learning and we should count it as a blessing.
So, we must have strength (put our faith into practice) and walk where we are supposed to in our life.
Heb. 12:14-29 is a warning against refusing God
What the passage is talking about is that we have to do our best to Christ-like. This means to love others. Through this, people will see God moving within us. We have to be careful for temptations and sins. Yes, we will probably still mess-up but despite that, we must trust in the Lord.
If we lost sight of God, one day He will come back and then it might be too late.
As the verses proceed, it goes on to talk about the glory of God and how Holy and pure He is. Because we are sinful, and God is sooo perfect, just a seemingly small sin we have in our heart can kill us in the presence of the Lord.
(there are definitely things that I don’t understand, but you should pray to God for wisdom or maybe talk to a youth leader :)
As the passage ends, it closes by saying that God is GREAT and we should be thankful and worship Him as we are called to do. He is so powerful and big and mighty we should be in awe, of every second that He spends with us. We should fear Him (meaning, loving and glorifying Him). He is a light that will never fade.