|He who loves father or mother above Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter above Me is not worthy of Me;|
|And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.|
|He who finds his soul-life shall lose it, and he who loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.|
To find the soul-life is to allow the soul to have its enjoyment and not to suffer. To lose the soul-life is to cause the soul to suffer the loss of its enjoyment. If the heavenly King’s followers allow their soul to have its enjoyment in this age, they will cause their soul to suffer the loss of its enjoyment in the coming kingdom age. If they allow their soul to suffer the loss of its enjoyment in this age for the King’s sake, they will cause their soul to have its enjoyment in the coming kingdom age, that is, to share the King’s joy in ruling over the earth (25:21, 23).