I liked this writer’s thinking…alas he doesn’t post or even exist in this Media now – time to post a new thought – maybe my own. “If following Jesus meant that I could avoid the consequences for my dumb, selfish actions, I bet everybody would follow Jesus.
It doesn’t. If I, as a follower of Jesus, make bad choices, I’m going to have to deal with the consequences. God will forgive me when I ask for forgiveness, but he’s usually going to leave the consequences for me to deal with.”
One thing I don’t see Jesus doing in the writings of his followers is trying to force people to make better choices in life.
For instance, there’s the guy who Matthew tells us about in his writings. He gets the title of ‘Rich Young Ruler’ in most instances.
And Richie (I’m going to go ahead and give him that nickname) asks Jesus what he has to do to have eternal life. After a short conversation, Richie decides he values his possessions more than his relationship with God.
You know what? I’ll let Matthew tell his own story:
Now someone came up to him [Jesus] and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to gain eternal life?” He said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is…
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