He who hates his life will keep it forever.
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Everyone in the world follows the principles of this world which is to love and care for our physical bodies.
This is in direct contrast to the principle of the spiritual life within our bodies.
Those who love their physical bodies and the lifestyle they have which gives them pleasure will eventually lose their physical lives and their eternal spiritual lives as well.
If we hate our physical life (Acknowledging the pain, suffering and fears that we live with daily) and focus on nourishing our spiritual lives we will preserve our spiritual lives for eternity.
No one will keep their physical lives forever. Indeed! Who would want to keep living in this physical world as our bodies decline in health and our quality of life is reduced dramatically?
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:6
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
Just as God raised Jesus from the dead and no Jesus lives eternally in heaven, so also will God raise us up with Jesus. God will do this in order that we may glorify him and our hearts will overflow with gratitude and thanksgiving.
We will not lose heart or the hope that is within us. Even though we are wasting away, our bodies are getting older and not working as well as they did in our youth, our spiritual natures that dwell within our bodies being renewed every day. Our lives are short and our afflictions only last a short time. The pleasures we will experience for eternity outweighs all our troubles. Therefore we do not look at our short and pain filled physical lives which are temporary anyways but we look upon what is eternal which is what is spiritual.
We know that if our earthly bodies which our spirit lives in are destroyed we have in heaven, built by God, a building; a sturdy structure which will last for eternity waiting for us to inhabit it. Until then we groan with the pain, burdens and trials of this world and we desire to go and dwell in our new heavenly building.
As long as we dwell in this earthly tent we are away from the Lord.