If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Mark 8.34. We do not know what the way of the cross is. We do not realize that all which comes our way is permitted by God. Whatever is against our will, whatever causes us to be misunderstood, makes us suffer, blocks our way, or shatters our hope is a cross given by God to us. Yet how do we face such a thing? Do we resist in heart? Do we complain to people? Do we long to avoid these difficulties? Whenever God allows a cross to fall on us, He has a particular reason. Each cross has its spiritual mission, that is to say, it is sent to accomplish something special in our life. If we endure according to Gods willas the Lord Jesus endured the cross (noting, however, that His cross is to atone for sin whereas ours is not)our natural life will be further dealt with and we shall have a greater capacity for being filled with the resurrection life of the Son.
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