The Golden Gate in Jerusalem, known as “The Gate of Eternal Life” in Arabic, as it stood in 1900

Scripture:  And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.  (Matthew 19:29)

Observation:   I picked this verse because it seems to me that this Gospel reading has normally been associated with a hard pill to swallow.  We spend our lives trying to make ourselves comfortable with the wealth that we are trying to gain from our blood, sweat and tears in the working world of society, and then we hear Jesus say that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  This verse puts this whole Gospel reading into perspective.  If we are taught by our family to amass wealth, then it is only necessary to deny what we were taught by our family in order to recieve true riches for eternity.

Peace (Latin: pax) :  I will focus my energy on displaying the fruit of peace to everyone I come in contact with today and for the rest of my life.  It is not my intention to make others feel bad for amassing wealth, but rather to show others that real peace can come from storing up your treasure in heaven.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to show others that I am truly at peace with how I am being asked to live out this life here on earth, please give me all of the grace necessary to not show envy for the things that others have.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


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2 thoughts on “Understanding

  1. The thing that are written in the New Testament, are there to show us the Perfect Law, and how simple it is to follow. The amazing thing is? This is the Perfect Law. “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. The Perfect Law starts with everyone of US! If we want people to do unto us? We become the Cause — FIRST! To make it happen. We are the Cause and the Effects are, the Natural responce to the cause. God is Love! And all the Laws of God? Are done Thru love. So, everything that God does? Is done thru Love. He is not at fault for the mistakes that WE make.

    Read the Sermon on the Mount. This is all Cause and Effect. Wake up children! To have Faith in these laws? Is to have Faith In God… And you must have Faith in one another, to have Faith in God.

    Look at it this way? Everyone, who takes a breath of air.. The Lord is there, breathing LIFE into that person. There will come a time when He will ask you, Do YOU Believe in Me? You see, you must refuse Him, and He will take your breath away! Or you can except Him? And you will find Him, in everyone you meet. You are the Cause and He is the Final Effect.

    OH’ I should mention, Jesus Christ is God!! There is no name, above the Name of Jesus. Carlyle

    • Thank you Carlyle for the great comment. It is very difficult to see Jesus in others when you are constantly trying to decifer if they have good intentions or not. We are all created in his image and the challenge of discipleship is to find Him in others, not to see how much others are not like him…God bless you and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always…

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