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My roses

I was sent this today  and I hesitated to share it with you.  But something  in my heart said that we need to know and realise where we are now and how to find our hearts desire…to be with those we love.  We have hope but we need  to know  if its achievable. Also is there a deeper reason as to why we are going through all this?

Are we going to make it down the narrow road?  We are grief filled and suffering. I hope that something resonates with us all on a topic that  I feel is very sensitive - yet somehow I was being asked to  share it with you.

When we read the word narrow, we tend to associate it with prejudicial selection. It sounds as though God has rated us all on some scale of acceptability and only allows a select few to enter His presence. However, few verses earlier, Jesus had told the same audience, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Jesus made it clear: the path to eternal life is open to everyone who asks.

However, the gate to heaven is “narrow” in the sense of having a particular requirement for entrance—faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is found only in the Person of Jesus Christ; He is the only way (John 14:6). The “wide” gate is non-exclusive; it allows for human effort and all other of the world’s religions .Jesus says that narrow gate leads to a “hard” road, one that will take us through hardships and difficult decisions.

(This sounds like we are on this journey already!)

Maybe we are suffering so much because our spirit  is  preparing for the narrow gate?    It knows we want

restoration and reunion.

Following Jesus requires crucifying our flesh (Galatians 2:20; 5:24; Romans 6:2), living by faith (Romans 1:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 10:38), enduring trials with Christlike patience (James 1:2–3, 12; 1 Peter 1:6), and living a lifestyle separate from the world (James 1:27; Romans 12:1–2). When faced with the choice between a narrow, bumpy road and a wide, paved highway, most of us choose the easier road. Human nature gravitates toward comfort and pleasure. When faced with the reality of denying themselves to follow Jesus, most people turn away (John 6:66). Jesus never sugar-coated the truth, and the truth is that not many people are willing to pay the price to follow Him.

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Comment by my roses on January 2, 2014 at 12:15am

My roses

I am sorry to hear you comments, as I mentioned in this blog I hesitated and was very sensitive to the fact that this was an article which was a religious statement and that not everyone would wish to know it. However, I also felt that I was being asked to do so by God.  I do not usually make statements using biblical verses.

I do not remember that your name was on this... that you had sent it. I do not know why you were sending it to  me regarding there is no marriage in heaven.  I have already confirmed to you when you last responded to a blog I had written.. that I was well aware that there was no marriage in heaven.   I am also fully aware that all believers have a choice of their personal beliefs.  I also notice that nearly every time I make a post you feel that you have to comment upon it in ways that I would suggest is somewhat critical. So far I have not seen - and maybe I missed one - but never seen you write an approving statement about what I say.

I would prefer that you would not keep  responding in this manner.  I had hoped not to have had to say this to you... but as you have done the same type of thing again.  I am asking you to refrain from commenting with  "there is something wrong with what I am writing, feeling etc."  It is not helpful and highly judgemental.  As a former counsellor I would never dare to make these type of statements to anyone let alone a grieving one.   You say you note that I often say that  I think I will be united with my spouse.

What is your problem with that?  I try always to give people hope.   If I say I  believe I will be reunited with him... it is a positive statement.   I am not stating that  I am right with regard to the christian religion but I am giving an opportunity for someone to read this just in case it resonates with them.  If you could not see that I prefaced this blog as carefully as I could... then It would appear you are looking to find a reason to query this blog. 

Comment by laurajay on January 1, 2014 at 9:23am

I sent you that very website to search for the biblical answer to is there marriage in heaven.  Here we discuss religion not because we are right or wrong but because what we believe directly affects our healing process regarding grieve of losing a spouse.  I know you often voice how you think you will be united with your spouse after death  .  For Christians we have The Word to guide us.  I am interested in other points of view as  well.  We need to remember here that all mourners have the choice to have their personal beliefs and we are asked to share them as they relate to the death of our mate.  Avoiding preaching whenever possible so as to have all persons that come here toknow they and their beliefs are  welcome.  lj

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