CROSS AND CROWN

The Master said, "He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. We may well ask ourselves whether we are doing this by living lives of goodness and thinking thoughts of love. In taking up the cross we must be willing to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye, to cast out of thought all envy, jealousy, malice, prejudice,—everything that "loveth or maketh a lie." This duty is not difficult when we know that God works with us, and that we are never tempted more than we are able to bear; that with the temptation comes a sure way of escape,—the understanding to demonstrate over the error,—be it sickness or sin.

Jesus' constant endeavor was to do "the will of the Father," and the Father's will was that "every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life. He came preaching the gospel and healing all manner of diseases among the people,—freeing them from the bondage of sin and suffering. This great teacher and healer said, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." Discords resulting from disease are gladly given up, but not so with sins, especially those which have been made bosom companions for years, and which are believed to give a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. They are only given up and overcome by a mighty struggle with self; but this is a battle which must be fought and a victory won, before we can receive the blessing or wear the crown.

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