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  The Meaning of Life According to Christ


Whoever loves God must also love his brother
(1 John 4: 20-21). Therefore, I say to you all:

Feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Clothe the naked.

Shelter the homeless.
Visit the sick.
Visit the imprisoned.
Bury the dead.

Counsel the doubtful,
Instruct the ignorant,
Admonish the sinner,
Forgive injuries,
Bear wrong patiently,
Pray for the living,
Pray for the dead.
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Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you; do good to those
who hate you. If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him
something to drink. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good
(Rom. 12:17-21). Do not return evil for evil, or insult for insult. Return a
blessing instead.

Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander
and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another,
compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you. Do
nothing to sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you will be sealed for your day
of redemption (Eph. 4:29-32).

Rather, encourage one another. Live in
harmony and peace with one another, and the God of love and peace will be
with you (2 Cor. 13:11). All of you should be like-minded, sympathetic, loving
toward one another, kindly disposed, and humble (1 Pet. 3:8).
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Jesus said to His disciples:

You shall love the Lord your God
with your whole heart,
with your whole soul,
and with your whole mind.
This is the greatest and first commandment.

The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

On these two commandments the whole law is based, and the prophets as
well (Matt. 22:37-40). If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a
liar. One who has no love for his brother whom he sees cannot love God
whom he does not see.

Let me solemnly assure you: when the Son of Man comes in His glory
escorted by all the angels of heaven. He will sit upon His royal throne and all
the nations will be assembled before Him.

Then He will separate them into
two groups, as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The sheep he will
place on His right hand and the goats on His left. Then He will say to those on
His right: "Come! You have my Father's blessing! Inherit the kingdom
prepared for you. For

I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink;
I was a stranger and you welcomed me;
I was naked and you clothed me;
I was ill and you comforted me;
I was in prison and you came to visit me."

Then the just will ask Him, "Lord, when did we do such things to
you?" And the Son of Man will answer them: "I assure you, as often you did
any of these things for the least of my brothers, you did it for me."

Then He will say to those on His left: "Out of my sight, you evildoers,
condemned into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!"


It was with these and similar words that the Lord Jesus taught His
followers to live in the image and likeness of God, in silence, harmony, and
love. He offered them the example of His life and said to them, "Follow me.
As I have done, so you also must do. "

[Editor's note: Who can read the above words of God and still think that salvation is only a matter of proclaiming belief? For to believe in Him is to live our lives as he commanded us to. Preachers who promote their own popularity by showing us an "easier" way will have a lot of explaining to do!



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