I love the scriptures!!! Genesis 31:1-9 Jacob sees a change in Laban, his father-in-law. He knows his attitude is different toward him. He knows the Lord has blessed him through the "wages" he received from Laban even though they were changed 10 times by Laban. Will others be jealous and uncomfortable with us as we follow Christ? I would say a resounding YES. Why, because they feel it is unfair the blessings that come from Father go to anyone accept perhaps them. They are caught in the snare of comparison. Comparing who they are with who another is. This is something that simply cannot be done if one is to be a disciple of Christ in my opinion. Comparison needs to be put aside in all its forms so that the focus of what we are depends on what Christ would have us be and what God's will is and nothing else. We cannot serve God and the world at the same time. As Christ taught we will come to love one and hate the other. We simply have to choose and if it does not come easily then we have to plead with all our might before God that he will help us overcome our weakness. So Jacob spoke to his wives about the situation. The behavior of others can often be the signal that things are about to change for us. And if we are willing the Lord will direct our paths as he did that of Jacob. This is my testimony and witness anyway. : ) Matthew 16:24-28 Some of the most profound of Christ's utterings. Oh how I love his words. "let him deny himself" do we need to have a self first? One that is free of addiction and comparison attitudes that strap us to the world before we can truly "pick up the cross". Joseph Smith Translation says to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and keep the commandments. Is this easy? I think not and I think the metaphor "take up the cross" testifies that the Lord knows this. My soul delights in the scriptures. Until next time, bye for now.
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