Following Jesus means putting His desires ahead of our own. No harm in that!

Scripture: Matthew 10:32-39

ESV Text: Matthew 10:32-39

Matthew 10:32-39 (Listen)

32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 10 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 409:
Let us Ever Walk with Jesus

— Organ Audio

1. Let us ever walk with Jesus, 
Follow His example pure, 
Flee the world, which would deceive us 
And to sin our souls allure. 
Ever in His footsteps treading, 
Body here, yet soul above, 
Full of faith and hope and love, 
Let us do the Father’s bidding. 
Faithful Lord, abide with me; 
Savior, lead, I follow Thee. 

2. Let us suffer here with Jesus, 
To His image, e’er conform; 
Heaven’s glory soon will please us, 
Sunshine follow on the storm. 
Though we sow in tears of sorrow, 
We shall reap with heavenly joy; 
And the fears that now annoy 
Shall be laughter on the morrow. 
Christ, I suffer here with Thee; 
There, oh, share Thy joy with me! 

3. Let us also die with Jesus. 
His death from the second death, 
From our soul’s destruction, frees us, 
Quickens us with life’s glad breath. 
Let us mortify, while living, 
Flesh and blood and die to sin; 
And the grave that shuts us in 
Shall but prove the gate to heaven. 
Jesus, here I die to Thee 
There to live eternally. 

4. Let us gladly live with Jesus; 
Since He’s risen from the dead, 
Death and grave must soon release us. 
Jesus, Thou art now our Head, 
We are truly Thine own members; 
Where Thou livest, there live we. 
Take and own us constantly, 
Faithful Friend, as Thy dear brethren. 
Jesus, here I live to Thee, 
Also there eternally. 


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