“If anyone comes to me, and doesn’t disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can’t be my disciple. Whoever doesn’t bear his own cross, and come after me, can’t be my disciple.
U aren't focused on popularity!
Relationship with U has only one comparison - that of marriage. I committed to my wife that I'd love her exclusively! But even that pales in comparison to my relationship with U!
With U, it's choosing U as my only God!
Nothing & nobody can mean anything to me in comparison!
This exclusive beyond all restraints!
LAB says, “When the Romans led a criminal to his execution site, he was forced to carry the cross on which he would die. This showed his submission to Rome and warned observers that they had better submit, too.”
U are using this to communicate the depth of submission that is foundational in my relationship with U!
LAB, “Following Christ means total submission to him . . . “!
This would be the flip side of, “Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' Mt 22:37! Loving U, in this style, includes discarding & getting rid of any & all other “gods” in my life! And in this love relationship, I totally submit to U, . . . U are God & I am not!
This provides understanding of the nature & style of relationship with U!
With that understood, I remember Your level & intensity of loving me was to send Your Son to earth to give His life that I may find life where sin no longer masters me!
U are my Lord, Savior & Master!
I want this level of relationship with U!