Context: This blog came to me a day or two ago, but I had neither the time nor the energy to work on it whilst I was in London. However, yesterday I had to get up early for another batch of tests, so I was able to prepare it at the hospital between half-hourly blood samples, which worked out surprisingly well.
Enter through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13; NIV).
The narrow gate,
Then follow Jesus’
Of love for all.
Take up your cross
And never cease
To praise and pray.
I will praise the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1; NLT).
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:14; NLT).
Small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; BSB).
Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).
Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up (Luke 18:1; NLT).