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And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
What did Jesus mean by this?
Remember he said this before crosses were considered jewelry or a good subject for a tattoo. On church member bragging on the cross they put on the new church said, “it cost us $10,000”. The other person said, “They used to give them away for nothing.”
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
What do you think? Is it when we are deep into the experience of God’s love, or the love of the community of believers that we begin to comprehend the extent of God’s love? How can we experience God’s love all alone and all by itself? It seems to FRESH READ that we read this amiss if we think that it speaks of our experience alone by the seashore or in a recluses cave. It seems better to think that when the little kid gives you a big grin at the church potluck and an “air kiss”, and when his brother asks you why we need to come to church when we know who God is, and when he hear three young men on electric guitars, with applause by older people, and when three of us talk with a senior about her sister’s health….and so on….that we begin to see the extent of God’s love…and not only see it but participate in it.