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GOD does the loving and the giving; our part is to do the believing, John 3:16, 17. "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”, Mark 9:23. But the word "believe" must be understood, Romans 10:10

"My yoke is easy, and My burden is light," and to resist, to "kick against the goads," is "hard" Matthew 11:28; Acts 9:5; 26:14

The reason why this is true is that "the LOVE [agape] of Christ constraineth us." Christ's LOVE is active, not passive. The one who believes the gospel cannot continue living for self Romans 6:1, 2, 14, 15; 2 Corinthians 5:14

Christ's LOVE for each individual person is infinitely greater than that of a parent for a child, Psalm 27:10; 103:13

To "kick against the goads" is to resist the Holy Spirit's conviction of Good News, John 16:7-11Light is stronger than darkness, grace is stronger than sin, and the Holy Spirit is stronger than the flesh, John 1:5, 9; Romans 5:20; Galatians 5:16, 17

GOD is leading every person to repentance, but many refuse His leading, Romans 2:4

"Yet do not therefore conclude that the upward path is the hard and the downward road is the easy way. All along the road that leads to death there are pains and penalties, there are sorrows and disappointments, there are Warnings Not To Go On. GOD'S LOVE [agape] has made it hard for the heedless and headstrong to destroy themselves. . . . And all the way up the steep road leading to eternal life are well-springs of joy to refresh the weary".

Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pp. 139, 140, Ellen G. White

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