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Choate Baptist Church: Living the Gospel
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“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:8-11)

Christians are bound to others by the bonds of love which prevent them from doing anything that would injure another in any manner. This is the manifold law of love in action, fulfilling the law of Christ.

Love seeks to know and delight in pleasing another’s discerned needs. It cannot ever work ill toward another. A person who loves his neighbor will not deprive him of his wife, his life, his property, or his good name. Neither will he permit the desire of lust to enter into his heart, leading him to covet another’s possessions.

Christianity is holy and compassionate, seeking to secure peace and eliminate wickedness. In the midst of turbulence, it is “the salt of the earth and the light of the world”. (See Matthew 5:13, 14)

Christ taught believers to continually look for the definite day of His return and keep the attitude of alert expectancy of His appearing. Christians need to awake from the sleep of fatal indifference and be proactive. Holy living makes one more careful and zealous to consider the nature of love, and the shortness of this present season of life.

The kingdom of God is approaching, calling Christians to redeem the time and watch for this great event, that they may be found in peace, without spot, and blameless. (See 2 Peter 3:14) Jesus Christ unites His disciples together, as they grow into His full likeness. This is not just receiving Him or believing the Gospel, but surrendering to His will, knowledge, and wisdom that imitates Him, in faith, hope, and love. Christians are to “put on the divine majesty” of Christ, being dressed with immortality and fit for glory.

Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on KAML 990 AM and KCAF 92.1 FM each Sunday morning at 8:30.
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