Willing to Lose Everything for Love

“How do you benefit if you gain the whole world
but lose your own soul in the process?”

Mark 8:36

Wow! Did Jesus get Peter’s attention! Having just been given a new name, Peter, for having shared out loud who Jesus is, Jesus refers to him as a devil, because Peter refuses to believe what Jesus said about how he is going to suffer.

Then there comes very powerful words that you’ll want to read slowly so that you will understand. Jesus talks about things that are of everlasting value, such as loving even when someone might be out to hurt you. It means that when are willing to lose everything because of Jesus’ love, then everything else comes back!

Stay a long time thinking of verse 36: “How do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process?” Think about it…Catch the peace the Lord gives you way inside when you understand what Jesus is saying.

Mark 8:27-38

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Saving life by losing life. v. 35
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the third of thirteen weeks in the season of Autumn/Kingdomtide,
Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

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