Obligation (Or Not)?

Obligation
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ROMANS 8:12      12 So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it isn’t an obligation to ourselves to live our lives on the basis of selfishness.   (CEB) 
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

So then, sisters and brothers — that is, those of us who have heard and heeded that unheard inner voice that calls us to participate in the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice in the name of God, perhaps — we have made our choice. To renege on our promise, to cop out, is to succumb to the standards of this world — metaphorically, death. To continue to live toward the Commonwealth, to follow in the Way, is to be led by a communal spirit, in the name of God. Perhaps. It is as if we have been adopted into the Commonwealth and become heirs of all that Yeshua promised, our lives beginning to conform to his.

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