When we take up our cross, we agree to follow Christ and take on the burden of denying self for the sake of others. We vow to employ the characteristics of Christ over and above our own human desires. When we pick up the cross, we choose to spread the Good News through discussions, actions, and deeds.
Read Galatians 5:22-23, Fruit of the Spirit.
Other Posts I Authored:
YoungChristianwarriors.com (my other site)
• Why and How Do We Deny Ourselves, Dec 12, 2018
• Chosen To Be Like Christ, Nov 10, 2018
• Dying to Self, March 24, 2018
• Hear, Listen, Understand the Word of God, Jan 16, 2019
• Fruit of the Spirit, Jan 14, 2019
• Defining the Fruit For Children, October 5, 2017
Matthew 11:15 seems common sense, but it is describing how to hear/listen and understand.
We must be willing to hear and exempt our mind from prejudice. We cannot attempt to interpret according to our limited understanding.
We should seek to understand the Gospel and endeavor to experience and practice it just as it is stated.
We should listen to the Word because it is pure, plain, and the living Word of God.
God created the earth and all things on and in it. All things on the planet produce sound waves. Our ears were made to hear the subtlest of tones.
When we read the Word out loud or to ourselves, we hear the sounds and interpret the words. The key is to listen for the meaning of what God is saying to us, and not rely on our (own) interpretation. As we listen intently, we begin to understand the truth God is sharing with us. And, through these truths, we begin to align our actions to become more Christlike.
The more frequently we read the Word of God, the deeper it is planted into our hearts. Once it is planted in our hearts, the more readily available it becomes when making daily decisions, large and small.
As the Scripture says, anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. As we become equipped with the Word as our guiding principles, we gain wisdom. Wisdom is the product of listening to the Word for understanding. Wisdom, in turn, develops our faith, and our faith covers us in the Word of God and leads us to salvation and eternal life.
I am holding to the task of Resolving and Acting on the resolve to become a stronger Christian in the face of everyday life in 2019. Join me. Each step we take should bring us closer to Christ.
I am a Christian, a retired teacher, a mother and a grandmother. I love to read and I love the Lord Jesus Christ! Unless otherwise specified ,all visual illustrations are from the YOU VERSION APP of the Bible.