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To have fellowship with Christ involves denying oneself, crucifying the flesh, taking up the cross, and following Jesus in complete self-surrender (Lk 9:23; 14:27; Ro 8:13; Gl 5:24). It means, not to follow one's own will, but to do the will of Christ (1 Co 6:20), give up everything that is sinful, forego one's own comfort and pleasure in order to serve God and promote the welfare of others (Ph 3:7–8; 4:11–13). It is the opposite of self-will and self-indulgence. See also Asceticism.

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