Forgiveness Orchids Unconditional Forgiveness? Orchids Whole Counsel of God
2 Tim. 3 (NKJV) "16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Romans 6 (NKJV) "23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Is your debt paid? Plan of Salvation

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IS FORGIVENESS UNCONDITIONAL? Video

1 Pet. 4 (NKJV) "11If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

Acts 11 (NKJV) "26And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

Gal. 3 (NKJV) "16Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ."

Acts 4 (NKJV) "12Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Matt. 15 (NKJV) "13But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted."

Hos. 4 (NKJV) "6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

Matt. 16 (NKJV) "16Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church..."

Gal. 3 (NKJV) "26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Colossians 2 (NKJV) "11In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ."

1 Cor. 14 (NKJV) "33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints."

Tit. 1 (NKJV) "2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,"


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~In Luke 23, Jesus demonstrates a forgiving Spirit when He asked God, The Father, to forgive the men who were crucifying Him. 

Luke 23 (KJV) "33And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him and the criminals one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34Then Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying" He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God."

~Later on, in Acts 2, we read that the men had not been spontaneously forgiven of their sins just because Jesus loved them and wanted them to be saved. Nor were they spontaneously saved when or because Jesus came into the world, died and was resurrected so that they could be saved (John 3:10). IF that was the case, then, everyone would be saved and it wouldn't make any difference how a person lived, what the person believed, if they bothered to obey God or even if God had given the world His Word. Just as a parent expects obedience from his child, God also expects obedience from His children. Jesus wanted the men to be saved, but without repentance or without fully obeying the Gospel (Hearing The Word [Rom. 10:17; Matt. 28;19-20; John 6:44-45]; Believing The Word - Faith [John 8:24; Heb. 11:6]; Repenting of sins [Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30]; Confessing that Jesus is the Son of God [Rom. 10:10; Acts 8:36-37]; and Being Baptized [Acts 2:38; John 3:3,5; Mark 16:15-16]); they could not be saved. Those who love God obey Him, those who do not love Him, do not obey Him [John 14:23-24]. Notice that the men were not forgiven by saying 'Sinner's Prayer' which is not found in the Bible:

Acts 2 (KJV) "22Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know. 23Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified and put to death; 24whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death because it was not possible that He should be held by it....36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do," 38Then Peter said to them, "Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and to your children and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."

~Stephen, like Jesus, had a forgiving spirit. However, that did not mean that the sins of the men who murdered him were forgiven unless or until they actually repented of the sins:

Acts 7 (KJV) "59And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep."

~Jesus appeared to Saul, one of the men who was present at the stoning of Stephen.  Saul (the Apostle Paul) was not forgiven until he repented and obeyed the Gospel.

Acts 9 (KJV) "3As he journeyed he came near Damascus and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4Then he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, Why are you persecuting Me," 5And he said, "Who are You, Lord," Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. 6So he, trembling and astonished, said "Lord what do You want me to do, Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city and you will be told what you must do." 7And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8Then Saul arose from the ground and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9And he was three days without sight and neither ate nor drank.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
10Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." 11So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him so that he might receive his sight." 13Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." 15But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." 17And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized."

~What is God's Plan of Salvation?

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~Though we learn about Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus lived and died under the OLD LAW (Law of Moses, Old Covenant). This is an important point to understand since we live under the Law of Christ (New Law, New Covenant). Understand the TWO LAWS (Lesson) - Video: Law

~Jesus gave us the example that there are sins committed in the church that we should not be forgiving of (such as idolatry), but should do what we can to combat:

Matt. 21 (NKJV) Jesus Cleanses the Temple "12Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a "den of thieves".

~Another example which shows us that God does not tolerate sin is found in The Revelation of Jesus Christ which He gave to John to give to the churches. Jesus points out the good things and the sin of the 7 churches in Asia. He tells the churches that if they do not repent, He will remove their lampstand (Rev. 2:5).

Rev. 2 (NKJV) The Compromising Church
"14But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth...
The Corrupt Church
20Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts."

~There is sin (unrepented sin by those calling themselves 'brothers') that we, as Christians must become angry about (though we are warned not to sin in our anger - Eph. 4:25). Let's say that we have a brother in the church who is taking The Lord's Name in vain, cursing, stealing, getting drunk, committing fornication or any number of sins. Should we forgive that person while he continues in the sin and refuses to repent or even if he stops the sin, but refuses to repent? The answer to this is absolutely not. In 1 Cor. 5, Paul was not even present at the congregation where a man committed sexual immorality BUT HE STILL JUDGED the man.

1 Cor. 5 (KJV) Immorality Defiles the Church
"1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles that a man has his father's wife! 2And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump, 7Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Immorality Must Be Judged
9I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person. 12For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside, Do you not judge those who are inside, 13But those who are outside God judges. Therefore put away from yourselves the evil person."

~Christians are warned NOT to lie to one another (Col. 3:9). After all, Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). We see the seriousness of this in the account of Ananias and Sapphira where lying to a brother was considered lying to the Holy Spirit.

Acts 5 (NKJV) "2And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles feet. 3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart, You have not lied to men but to God."

~When a person is born again, he becomes a spiritual babe, child or "little one" in the Kingdom of God, the church. Notice that repentance is extremely important. Jesus says that even IF the brother sins 7 times in a day and returns 7 times in a day and says that he repents, you must forgive him.

Luke 17 (NKJV) Jesus Warns of Offenses
"1Then He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, "I repent," you shall forgive him."

~This is important so I am going to repeat it.  What exactly does the Scripture say? ~IF~ your brother repents, forgive him. The Scripture does NOT say, forgive your brother even IF he does not repent. Nor does it say, "wonder if your brother repents" and forgive him. Or "God knows your brother's heart" therefore forgive him. The Scripture says, IF your brother repents, suggesting that YOU KNOW that he repented of the sin he committed, then, forgive him.

Luke 13 (NKJV) "3I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

~IF a brother commits sin, we, as Christians, are offended, but God is also offended. We should confront that brother of sin according to Matt. 18:15. We have a loving Father Who went to the extent to send His Only Begotten Son to die on the cross as a propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:25, Heb. 2:17, 1 John 2:2, 4:10). IF the brother sincerely repents, we must forgive him (and should want to) because God forgives him and IF we do not forgive him, God will not forgive us our sins.

Luke 17 (NKJV) "3...If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, "I repent", you shall forgive him."

~Because most people do not want to have people bring up their sins, confronting a brother who has sinned can become complicated if he chooses not to repent, that is, not to obey the Word of God (Matt.18:15-17). This becomes even more difficult if the elders (men if there are no elders) of the congregation are not faithful to God's Word concerning discipline. Why is discipline important? Video 1; Video 2. Remember what happened when Judas betrayed Jesus. Though this happened under the Old Law, Judas did not repent. The Difficulty of Repentance. Though Judas regretted what he had done, he was mainly sorry he had gotten caught. Judas felt remorse and returned the money, but rather than repent - he went out and hanged himself. He had no Godly Sorrow. Therefore, Judas will be lost for eternity, when, had he repented of what he had done, he could have been saved. What is Bible Repentance? Lesson on Repentance A brother caught in sin and confronted of the sin may not want to acknowledge his sin. This creates a difficult situation. When Christians sin they must have Godly Sorrow which produces repentance (2 Cor. 7:9-11).

2 Cor. 7 (NKJV) "10For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.."

Psalm 81 (NKJV) "11?But My people would not heed My voice, And Israel would have none of Me. 12So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels."

Psa. 106 (KJV) "13They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel... 43Many times He delivered them; But they rebelled in their counsel, And were brought low for their iniquity."

Col. 2 (NKJV) "8Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ."

Mark 7 (NKJV) "7And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."

Isa. 19 (NKJV) "11...Pharoah's wise counselors give foolish counsel..."

1 Cor. 1 (NKJV) "21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe."

1 Cor. 3 (NKJV) "19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; 20 and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

Rom. 10 (NKJV) "2For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. "

1 Cor. 2 (NKJV) "12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

2 Cor. 11 (NKJV) "2For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it!"

See: The Whole Counsel of God

~It is important for the person sinned against to obey the Word of God so that he does not sin. IF a Christian does NOT go to a brother who has sinned, that puts the church in danger of becoming leavened (Rev. 2:14, 20). Just as a cancer spreads, sin that is not confronted and disciplined (if not repented of), will leaven the church. Other Christians will think, well, if he can do that, I can too ~or~ think, he is doing that, maybe it is not a sin ~or~ they may just become numb to sin. The church then becomes just like the world. Notice that when Ananias and Sapphira sinned and were rebuked, the church clearly understood that lying was something they should not do. Video 1; Video 2

Acts 5 (NKJV) "9Then Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out. 10Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. 11So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things."

~Lying is of the devil (John 8:44). Many sins are embarrassing. Sin itself is embarrassing to the faithful Christian because he is striving to live like Christ. The Christian must humble himself to repent - many people, even those who call themselves Christians, are to proud or to stubborn to repent.

James 4 (NKJV) "6...He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."

1 Sam. 15 (NKJV) "23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king."

There are people who will admit their sin, but refuse to repent. Others who are non-repentant will lie hoping the sin will go away (nothing will be done) or claim you need to see a counselor as a way to keep from admitting the sin and repenting of it. God has given us 'His Whole Counsel'. The next Scripture may seem out of place in this discussion, but with regard to a sinful brother saying that you need to seek counsel from a person in the world even one with "Bible principles" concerning issues of the church, notice what God says in 1 Cor. 6 concerning the taking of brethren before the courts of men.

1 Cor. 6 (NKJV) Do Not Sue the Brethren
"1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints, 2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world, And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters, 3Do you not know that we shall judge angels, How much more, things that pertain to this life, 4If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge, 5I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren, 6But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! 7Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong, Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated, 8No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!"

~Are we to suppose that it would be any more righteous to take church matters before worldly counselors even IF they claim to have "Christian principles" rather than settling them according to the Bible (Matt. 18:15-17), Certainly not! Don't many judges have "Christian principles"... Didn't God put the legal system in place (Psa. 78:5)? Yes, He did. Would we suppose that Paul or any of the faithful brethren would have gotten counsel from the Pharisees and teachers of the Law or more absurdly, the Gentiles. Certainly, the Pharisees and teachers of the Law had grown up with the Old Law and many Gentiles knew various Christian principles from their spouses or had heard Paul or others preach the Word of God. Even so, would they have consulted them about matters of priestly duties or the church? No, they would go directly to the Word of God.

It is important to pray to God for yourself during your trial that you remain faithful and for the person who is confronted of sin (1 Thess. 5:16-18) that he may choose to repent. If a brother refuses to repent and says that God knows his heart (instead of repenting); therefore Christians do NOT need to know that he has repented or if he has, then, he is not following the Word of God. David repented of his sin to God and all Israel knew of his repentance as do those who read the Bible today (Psa. 51). The brethren would not have wanted to be around Saul/Paul had they not known he had repented! Note also that God never says to forgive a brother of sin when he continually lives in sin and chooses not to repent. That brother may need to be disciplined (Matt. 18:17; 1 Cor. 5). Video 1 Video 2

~God gave Christians specific ways to go about dealing with sin and confronting brothers of sin. Most people want to do things their own way and not God's way.

Matt. 18 (NKJV) Dealing with a Sinning Brother
"15Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector."

~Do we believe God when He says that He (in His Word, the Scriptures) has given the man of God all that he needs for every good work?

2 Tim. 3 (NKJV) "15All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

~Christians should always strive to be like Christ and have a forgiving spirit. We should be eager (not reluctant) to forgive those who sin against us (when they repent) because of the debt of sin that God has forgiven us. But, if we indiscriminately forgive those who commit sin when they do not repent, we encourage them to continue in their sin. IF a brother steals from you and you think well, I can live without that. Or he lies to you and you would rather keep the peace than confront him of his sin. If he is taking the Name of the Lord in vain and you choose not to say anything to him because you don't want to get involved. You might want to read from the books of Eze. and James. Both of these books are talking to the children of God.

Eze. 33 (NKJV) "7So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

James 5 (NKJV) Bring Back the Erring One
"19Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins."

Therefore, Christians must have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16; Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30) in our forgiveness. This does not mean that a Christian should bear grudges, but always be willing to forgive, have a forgiving spirit and be at peace, knowing that IF things are not taken care of, God will take care of things when the time is right. We should much prefer to have a brother repent and repent ourselves if we have done wrong than to have God repay.

Rom. 12 (NKJV) "19Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, "says the Lord". If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."

~It will be a terrible thing for anyone to fall into the hands of the living God No one should want that to happen to a brother or any person no matter what they have done to you. It would be much better for them to repent and live!

Heb. 10 (NKJV) "31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

~It takes a humble man to admit sin and repent. God talks about forgiving His people IF they would humble themselves and seek His face.

2 Chron. 7 (NKJV) "14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

James 4 (NKJV) "6But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
Humility Cures Worldliness
7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

Rom. 6 (NKJV) Dead to Sin, Alive to God
"1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

~Christians must keep in mind that God disciplines His sons through His Word and a son must endure chastening. It is also important to note that discipline is an act of love.

Heb. 12 (NKJV) "5And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. 7If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten, 8But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live, 10For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
Renew Your Spiritual Vitality
12Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
The Glorious Company
18For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20(For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow." 21And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.") 22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. Hear the Heavenly Voice 25See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." 27Now this, "Yet once more, "indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29For our God is a consuming fire.

Gal. 4 (NKJV) "6Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?"