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“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household” (Matthew 10:24-25).

For those expecting faith to be an exemption from the trials of life, like most assumptions, they will soon be disappointed. Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t paint a pain-free landscape before those who would be his disciples. The relationship we share with Jesus transcends that of student/teacher, slave/members; we are the most intimate members of his household. As his life was underwritten with the verbal clause, “He suffered,” so will ours. Memorize these verses and you will never again complain of life’s hardships.

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