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And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy [troubled]. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto [the point of WU] death: tarry [stay] ye here, and [keep WU] watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face [with his face to the ground WU], and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. .... He went away again the [a] second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except [unless] I drink it, thy will be done. Mat 26:36-46 May Gods will be done, not ours, whenever our will is different from His, and though we may have to suffer. (Click gold Scripture references for Principle Interrelations)
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will [desires to] come after me, let him [he must WU] deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will [desires to] save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Mat 16:24-27, Mk 8:34-35, Lk 9:23-24
And whosoever doth [does] not bear his cross, and come after [follow WU] me, cannot be my disciple. Lk 14:27And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Mat 10:38 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer [allow] that any man should [could WU] carry any vessel [merchandise WU] through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of [for] all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes [experts in the law WU] and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine [teaching]. Mk 11:15-18 Jesus does not always do whats safe; rather, He puts Gods principles into action. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted [seasoned] with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his [its] salt[i]ness, wherewith will [how can WU] ye season it [make it salty again WU]? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. Mk 9:49-50 Let your light shine, endure persecution, do not be hostile with each other, rather, love. Jesus was salted.
John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost [Spirit] and with fire: Lk 3:16 he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost [Spirit], and with fire: Mat 3:11 The words of John the Baptist.
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods [possessions WU] I [now WU] give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation [wrongfully], I restore him fourfold [four times as much]. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as [because] he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Lk 19:1-10 Zacchaeus' change of heart was shown by what he did.
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but [this happened so WU] that the works of God should [might] be made manifest [revealed] in him. Jh 9:1-3Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Mat 5:48
Therefore [for this reason WU] doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, [only WU] that I might take it [up WU] again. Jh 10:17 God doesnt love us just for having good intentions.
Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily [most assuredly], I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest [dressed] thyself, and walkedst whither [where] thou wouldest [wanted to]: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not [don't want to go]. Jh 21:17-18 Loving, caring, and helping may get you into trouble in this world. Follow Jesus.
No man also seweth a piece [patch WU] of new [unshrunk] cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up [patch] taketh [tears] away from the old, and the rent [hole] is made worse. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles [wineskins]: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred [destroyed]: but new wine must be put into new bottles. MK2:18-22 Mat 9:16-17 Sometimes things appropriate for old situations are not right for new situations, and the change may be difficult to accept. Do what is appropriate to being in Christ.
And herein [in this case WU] is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon [for which] ye bestowed no labour [haven't labored]: other men laboured, and ye are [have] entered into their labours. Jh 4:37-38 You may not see the benefit of your work; someone else may do the reaping, see people finally come to believe in Christ.
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