Jesus doesn’t give cheap words about life; he speaks about actual life, which we all know is not always easy. None of us need some pseudo-religious authority-figure claiming that we can find perfect pleasure and wealth and be forever free of suffering if we just do x, y, or z. In fact, a life following Jesus can include more hard things than most lives, but perhaps that's a good thing. Because Jesus encourages us to face hard truth and not run from it, to embrace it and let it shape us into someone better.
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