Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.
— Mark 8:34-38
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, he will live
— John 11:25
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that through the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
— Romans 15:13
Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
— Matthew 11:28-30.
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
— 2 Corinthians 5:17
Do not let sin control the way you live... Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body, your whole life, as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master.
— Romans 6:11-14
Take up your cross, deny your old self, and in your new self, who loves Jesus more than life, follow Him.
— John Piper.