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Verily, verily [most assuredly], I say unto you, Except [unless] a corn [grain] of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth [remains by itself] alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit [grain]. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto [for WU] life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. Jh 12:24-26 Enduring persecution for the sake of Christ can result in many new believers. (Click gold Scripture references for Principle Interrelations)
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing [penny]? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without [apart from] your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Mat 10:28-31 Dont be afraid to proclaim the gospel publicly.
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will [wants to] come after me, let him [he must WU] deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will [wants to] save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Mk 8:34-38 Mat 16:24-27 Lk 9:23-26
And whosoever doth [does] not bear his cross, and come after [follow WU] me, cannot be my disciple. Lk 14:27 You may think you just cant do it, but as you grow stronger in your relationship with God, giving up your harmful ways and gaining experience bearing good fruit, you'll have enough strength, joy, hope, and friendships to carry your cross. God will prepare you for whatever you have to do, and will see you through it.
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