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Whosoever doth not bear his cross

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Announcements Forums Christ Jesus – September 1st, 2019 Whosoever doth not bear his cross

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    JoanneF
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    “Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27)

    This is the crux of being a disciple of Christ – the discipline all must follow. I asked myself, “What is my cross?” I had always believed that bearing a cross was some kind of hardship or negative thing, but after studying this lesson I realize that it’s like an arithmetic problem we’ve each been assigned to handle and overcome – for the world. Each one’s problem (cross) is different – no more difficult nor easier than the next, – only different. And it’s tailored to each one’s ability (through God) to overcome it – if we are willing and obedient. “…and all have the cup of sorrowful effort to drink in proportion to their demonstration of his love…”
    This is the discipline then – to not personalize the problem, but just work at it with God, persistently and consistently, and overcome it unselfishly. I’m grateful for this Lesson — it really helped me this week.

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    Gary
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    Thank you for pointing this out. This is one of the requirements that Jesus lists as necessary to be a disciple. Jesus bore his cross. When told to stop teaching and healing, he did it anyway, obeying God’s requirements in spite of the threats and, finally, crucifixion. And he left the world an infinitely better place for it. Mrs. Eddy bore her cross. When nearly penniless and told by family members to give up this ridiculous idea, she pursued it anyway and left the world a much better place for it.
    We each have a divine purpose. We have opportunities each day to stand for the truth, to offer a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, to rebuke the errors that confront us. And our willingness to withstand the opposition, whether it be ridicule, threats, loss of loved ones, or even bodily harm, is our cross to bear. It is the mental attitude that to obey God is the only thing that matters; that “with God, all things are possible”; and that “all things work together for good to them that love God.” It is the state of thought that has dominion over all the world. Mrs. Eddy refers to this moral courage as “the lion of the tribe of Judah.”
    I am so grateful to Mrs. Eddy for her bearing her cross and being the faithful disciple. She has blessed the world immeasurably.

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    Susanne
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    Thank you both for these very helpful posts. So we too should leave every place better than how we found it, and God will show us the way!

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