Kingdom Living is Taking UP the Cross
Kingdom Living is Taking Up the Cross of Love
23 Then HE said to them all: “If anyone would come after ME, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow ME.” Luke 9:23
16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
17 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. Galatians 5:16-17
God came in flesh and Spirit (Jesus) to bring the new creation life of the Spirit and solve the self-life of the flesh. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the people problem of self-life to bring life in the Spirit. This is why we must deny ourselves (selfish desires) and follow the Holy Spirit with the Love of God.
The cross is the symbol of God’s Love through the shedding of HIS blood to redeem all mankind back into the new creation life of the Father’s Agape Love. Jesus’ shed blood paid the entire sin debt for all mankind. There is no sin too big that HE did not pay for by the shedding of His blood. Jesus’s blood washed mankind clean all guilt, shame, condemnation and sin. God sees mankind through the blood of Jesus spotless, clean, Holy and Righteous.
Think of the weight HE carried on the cross. HE forgave all the sins in your life, your spouse’s life, your children’s life, your father and mother’s life, your grandparent’s life, your great grandparents, and all of your descendants. HE forgave all the sins of David, Samuel, Saul, Paul, Jonah, Adam, Eve, Cain, Joseph, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, and Peter. Jesus’ love gift of His blood on the cross to forgive the sins of all the mass murderers, Hitler, suicide bombers, rapists and others.
Jesus Christ shed blood brought the new creation life for all mankind to those who receive and believe. The self-life is gone by knowing the blood of Jesus has given you new life. Now the challenge is for you to take up your cross. The cross you carry is the Love of Christ living in you. You are to take up the cross of the new creation life to Love others who have hurt you.
Now your new creation life of Agape love allows you to (take up your cross) and Love those who have wronged you, hurt you, spoken against you, damaged you and caused loss to you.
You are made in God’s image of Love. Go Love as God as Loved you today. People are the opportunity for you to share the Love of God living in you.
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