A Cross-Bearing Life
38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.
39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
Jesus was demanded to carry the cross bar to the place of crucifixion because it was designed to be the most humiliating death there is.
Cross-bearing things that are painful just because they are right...
1.. We must recognize and desire true life
Jesus has made the cross a symbol of victory but we get caught up in the stigmatism of the crucifixion.
A Servant only finds his life by being willing to lose it vs 39
2.. We MUST make CHRIST first in our love
If HE is first I will suffer whatever it takes to suffer to have the chance to acknowledge HIM
Human love is precious but none is more precious than the love of GOD
JESUS himself learned obedience throguh suffering
3.. We MUST be willing to take the cross
When we accept CHRIST some of our crosses will be altered but they will also be multiplied
It is sometimes hard and difficult but it always makes us better Romans 8:28
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