The basis of the Christian moral life

As I Can See

You see, God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for
the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything
that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions; we must be
self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while
we are waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the Appearing of the
glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus a He sacrificed himself for
us in order to set us free from all wickedness and to purify a people so that it could
be his very own and would have no ambition except to do good.
Now this is what you are to say, whether you are giving instruction or
correcting errors; you can do so with full authority, and no one is to question…

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A warning for the rich and self-confident

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Here is the answer for those of you who talk like this: “Today or tomorrow,
we are off to this or that town; we are going to spend a year there, trading, and
make some money.” You never know what will happen tomorrow: you are no
more than a mist that is here for a little while and then disappears. The most
you should ever say is: “If it is the Lord’s will, we shall still be alive to do this or
that.” But how proud and sure of yourselves you are now! Pride of this kind is
always wicked. Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and doesn’t
do it commits a sin.
Now an answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are
coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by
moths. All your gold…

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The Day of the Lord; the prophets and the apostles

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My friends, this is my second letter to you, and in both of them I have tried
to awaken a true understanding in you by giving you a reminder: recalling to
you what was said in the past by the holy prophets and the commandments of the
Lord and savior which you were given by the apostles.
We must be careful to remember that during the last days there are bound
to be people who will be scornful, the kind who always please themselves in what
they do, and they will make fun of the promise and ask, “Well, where is this
coming? Everything goes on as it has since the Fathers died, as it has since it
began at the creation.” They are choosing to forget that there were heavens
at the beginning, and that the earth was formed by the word of God out of
water and between…

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Love

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My dear people,
let us love one another
since love comes from God
and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Anyone who fails to love can never have known God,
because God is love.
God’s love for us was revealed
when God sent into the world his only Son
so that we could have life through him;
this is the love I mean:
not our love for God,
but God’s love for us when he sent his Son
to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
My dear people,
since God has loved us so much,
we too should love one another.
No one has ever seen God;
but as long as we love one another
God will live in us
and his love will be complete in us.
We can know that we are living in him
and he is living in us
because…

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