What exactly did Jesus tell us to do?

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Jesus says in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” So what exactly did He tell us to do? Love, right? Well, yes. But Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” So essentially we can not fully experience what the love of Christ really is until we actually do what He says–in other words, obey what He commands. So let’s try doing that together! Below are a list of His commandments to us in the gospels–commandments that last longer than the deepest time and are more solid than the thickest trees of the forest! Let’s read them, memorize them, and do them through the Holy Spirit’s enabling grace.

  1. Abide in Christ and His word. (John 8:31John 15:6-7)
  2. After obeying all that you have been commanded to do as servants, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have only done what was our duty to do.’ (Luke 17:10)
  3. Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7Luke 11:9-10John 14:14John 16:24)
  4. Ask God for living water. (John 4:10)
  5. Be at peace with one another. (Mark 9:50)
  6. Be merciful. Do not neglect justice and mercy. (Matthew 23:23Luke 6:36Luke 10:37Luke 11:42)
  7. Be perfect (mature and fully grown), just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
  8. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15-16)
  9. Beware of the leaven of many religious leaders, which is hypocrisy. (Matthew 16:11Mark 8:15Luke 12:1)
  10. Cast away anything that causes you to sin. (Matthew 5:29-30Matthew 18:8-9,Mark 9:43-48)
  11. Choose the narrow path that leads to life and not the broad way to hell. (Matthew 7:13Luke 13:24)
  12. Cleanse your inside (heart) and your outside will also be cleansed. (Matthew 23:26Luke 11:39-41)
  13. Come to Christ to find rest and sustenance for your soul. (Matthew 11:28-30John 6:35John 7:37)
  14. Do not be afraid; just believe. (Mark 5:36)
  15. Do not be angry with your neighbor without cause. (Matthew 5:22)
  16. Do not be as legalists who load men with heavy burdens and themselves do not touch the burdens with one finger and who also hide the keys of knowledge to prevent people from entering into truth. (Matthew 23:4Luke 11:46Luke 11:52)
  17. Do not be ashamed of or offended by Christ’s words. (Mark 8:38Luke 7:23Luke 9:26)
  18. Do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for only Christ is your Teacher, and you are all brethren. (Matthew 23:9)
  19. Do not be called teachers; for only Christ is your Teacher. (Matthew 23:10)
  20. Do not become lukewarm, buy gold refined in the fire. (Revelation 3:15-18)
  21. Do not be terrified of wars and commotions. (Luke 21:9)
  22. Do not be weighed down by parties, drunkenness, and the cares of this life. (Luke 21:34)
  23. Do not bear false witness (spread lies and rumors). (Matthew 19:18Mark 10:19,Luke 18:20)
  24. Do not believe those who say, “Look, here is the Christ!” or “Here is the kingdom!” (Matthew 24:23,26Luke 17:20-24)
  25. Do not commit adultery. (Matthew 5:27Matthew 19:18Mark 10:19Luke 18:20)
  26. Do not commit sexual immorality. (Revelation 2:20)
  27. Do not condemn others to death unless you are sinless. (Luke 6:37John 8:7)
  28. Do not covet. (Luke 12:15)
  29. Do not defraud. (Mark 10:19)
  30. Do not despise children. (Matthew 18:10Mark 9:37Luke 9:48)
  31. Do not divorce for any reason except sexual immorality. (Matthew 5:32Matthew 19:6,9Mark 10:9Mark 10:11-12Luke 16:18)
  32. Do not perform your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. When you perform a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing (be discreet). (Matthew 6:1,3)
  33. Do not eat things sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20)
  34. Do not enter the sheepfold by any other way than the door (Christ). (John 10:1-3)
  35. Do not exalt or seek glory for yourself. (Matthew 23:12Luke 14:11Luke 18:14,John 7:18)
  36. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him (God) who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28Luke 12:4-5,Revelation 2:10)
  37. Do not fear those who serve Satan, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. (Matthew 10:26Mark 4:22Luke 8:17,Luke 12:2)
  38. Do not give what is holy to the wicked or cast your treasures before evildoers, otherwise they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you into pieces. (Matthew 7:6)
  39. Do not labor for food that perishes, but for the food which produces everlasting life. (John 6:27)
  40. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth. Instead, lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20Luke 12:21,33-34)
  41. Do not let anyone deceive you. (Matthew 24:4Mark 13:5Luke 21:8)
  42. Do not look back at worldly things, remember what happened to Lot’s wife. (Mark 13:15Luke 9:62Luke 17:31-32)
  43. Do not lust. (Matthew 5:28)
  44. Do not murder. (Matthew 5:21Matthew 19:18Luke 18:20)
  45. Do not pridefully pray standing in the churches or on the street corners for all to see. When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. (Matthew 6:5-6)
  46. Do not pridefully seek out the best seats at church or in a wedding, nor seek lavish greetings in public. Seek out the lowest place. (Matthew 23:6-7Mark 12:38-39,Luke 11:43Luke 14:8-10Luke 20:46)
  47. Do not rejoice that the spirits are subjected to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)
  48. Do not resist an evil person; turn the other cheek; give even more to those who steal from you and do not ask for them back; go the extra mile. (Matthew 5:39-41,Luke 6:29-30)
  49. Do not say that the harvest has not yet arrived. Lift up your eyes and see that the harvest is ripe. (John 4:35)
  50. Do not seek honor from men, but only from the Father. (John 5:44)
  51. Do not speak or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:32Mark 3:28-29,Luke 12:10)
  52. Do not steal. (Matthew 19:18Mark 10:19Luke 18:20)
  53. Do not swear at all; just let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No.’ Anything more than this is from Satan. (Matthew 5:34-37)
  54. Do not swear by the altar (religious objects). For if you swear by the gift that is on it then you are obliged to perform it. (Matthew 23:18)
  55. Do not take housing away from widows. (Matthew 23:14Mark 12:40Luke 20:47)
  56. Do not take money or extra possessions on your journeys. Instead, work for your living. (Matthew 10:9Luke 9:3Luke 10:4Luke 22:35)
  57. Do not tempt or test the Lord your God. (Matthew 4:7Luke 4:12Luke 20:23)
  58. Do not use violence, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
  59. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Today has enough of its own troubles. (Matthew 6:34)
  60. Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; don’t even worry about your body, what you will put on. Do not worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:25,31,33Luke 12:22-31)
  61. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matthew 7:12Luke 6:31)
  62. Eat the bread of life. (John 6:51)
  63. Endure in faith to the very end. (Matthew 24:13Mark 13:13)
  64. First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your neighbor’s eye. (Matthew 7:5Luke 6:41-42)
  65. Flee when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the Temple and Jerusalem surrounded by armies. (Matthew 24:15Mark 13:14Luke 21:20-24) [Possibly fulfilled in 70 A.D.]
  66. Follow Christ. (Matthew 4:19Matthew 8:22Matthew 19:21Mark 1:17Mark 10:21Luke 5:27Luke 9:59John 12:26)
  67. Forgive people of their sins against you, and the Father will forgive. But if you do not forgive people of their sins against you, neither will your Father forgive you of your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15Matthew 18:35Mark 11:25-26Luke 6:37John 20:23)
  68. Give food to the hungry and water to the thirsty. Take in the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the imprisoned. (Matthew 25:34-46Mark 9:41)
  69. Give to those who ask of you, do not turn away. (Matthew 5:42Luke 6:30Luke 6:35Luke 6:38Luke 11:5-8)
  70. Give to worldly leaders the things that are theirs, and to God the things that are His. (Matthew 22:21Mark 12:17Luke 20:25)
  71. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ (Matthew 9:13)
  72. Go and preach the gospel to everyone, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19,Mark 16:15-16Luke 9:60Acts 1:8)
  73. Go, preach, saying ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast our demons. Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8)
  74. He who does not take up his cross and follow after Christ is not worthy of Christ. (Matthew 10:38Mark 8:34Luke 9:23Luke 14:27)
  75. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for Christ’s sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39Mark 8:35Luke 9:24Luke 17:33John 12:25)
  76. He who is not with Christ is against Him, and he who does not gather with Christ scatters. (Matthew 12:30Mark 9:40Luke 9:50Luke 11:23)
  77. He who loves father, mother, son, or daughter more than Christ is not worthy of Christ. (Matthew 10:37Luke 14:26Luke 18:29-30)
  78. Honor Jesus. (John 5:22-23John 8:49)
  79. Honor your father and mother. (Matthew 15:4Matthew 19:19Mark 7:10Luke 18:20)
  80. If someone sins against you even up to 490 times in a day, forgive them every time. (Matthew 18:21-22Luke 17:3-4)
  81. If you continue to sin because you think that Christ is delaying His coming, your portion is with the hypocrites and unbelievers. (Matthew 24:48-51Luke 12:45-47)
  82. If you do not believe in Christ, then you will die in your sins. (John 8:24)
  83. If you have not been faithful and righteous with earthly money and credit, God can not trust you with heavenly riches. (Luke 16:11-12)
  84. It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:12Mark 3:4Luke 6:9Luke 13:15-16Luke 14:3-5John 7:23)
  85. Judge not, if you don’t want to be judged. For you will be judged with the same type of judgment that you use and the same standard that you set. (Matthew 7:1-2Mark 4:24Luke 6:37-38)
  86. Judge with righteous judgment, and not according to appearance. (John 7:24)
  87. Let your light (faith) shine before men. (Matthew 5:16Luke 11:33)
  88. Love one another as Christ has loved you. (John 13:34-35John 15:12,17)
  89. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Matthew 22:37Mark 12:30)
  90. Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who treat you spitefully and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44Luke 6:27-28Luke 6:35)
  91. Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 19:19Matthew 22:39Mark 12:31)
  92. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4Luke 4:4)
  93. Obey, keep, and teach God’s commandments. (Matthew 5:19Matthew 7:24,26,Matthew 19:17Matthew 28:20Luke 6:46Luke 11:28John 8:51John 14:15,23,John 15:10)
  94. Pay tithe and give to the poor. (Matthew 23:23Luke 11:42Luke 12:33)
  95. Possess your soul with patience and endurance. (Luke 21:19)
  96. Pray in this manner: “Our Father in heaven, glorify Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13Luke 11:2-4)
  97. Pray that you may not enter into temptation and drowsiness. (Luke 22:40,46)
  98. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:38,Luke 10:2)
  99. Quickly settle things with your enemy or you will pay a heavy price. (Matthew 5:25Luke 12:58-59)
  100. Rebuke your brother if he sins against you. (Luke 17:3)
  101. Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22)
  102. Receive those whom Jesus sends. (John 13:20)
  103. Reconcile with your neighbor before you come before God in prayer. (Matthew 5:23-24Matthew 18:15-17Mark 11:25)
  104. Remember from where you have fallen; repent and do what God has commanded. (Revelation 2:5)
  105. Repent or perish for the kingdom of God is here. (Matthew 4:17Mark 1:15Luke 13:5)
  106. Sell and forsake all that you cherish more than God. (Matthew 19:21Luke 12:33Luke 14:33,Luke 18:22)
  107. Unless you are born again (of water and the Spirit) you can neither see or enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:3,5)
  108. Unless you are converted and become like little children (humble and teachable), you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like a little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives a little child in Christ’s name receives Christ. (Matthew 18:3-5Mark 10:15Luke 18:16-17)
  109. Walk in the light and not in the darkness. (John 12:35-36)
  110. Watch, wait, be ready, and pray for Christ’s return. (Matthew 24:44Mark 13:33-37Luke 12:35-40Luke 21:28Luke 21:36Revelation 3:2-3Revelation 16:15)
  111. Whatever Christ tells you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. (Matthew 10:27Luke 12:3)
  112. Whenever you ask for things in prayer in accordance with God’s will, believe and you will receive. (Matthew 21:22,Mark 11:24Luke 11:13John 15:7)
  113. When you are arrested and taken before authorities, do not worry about what to say or how you should defend yourself; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you are to say. (Matthew 10:19-20Mark 13:11Luke 12:11-12Luke 21:12-15)
  114. When you enter a city, ask around and stay with a worthy household and let your peace be upon that household. If they reject you then shake the dust from your feet as you leave. (Matthew 10:11-14Mark 6:10-11Luke 9:4-5Luke 10:5-11)
  115. When you fast, don’t act sad or disfigure your appearance so that you appear to be fasting. When you fast, wash yourself up so that you do not appear to be fasting. (Matthew 6:16-18)
  116. When you host a meal or a banquet, seek out the poor, crippled, and blind and not your friends. (Luke 14:12-14)
  117. When you pray, do not use vain, lengthy words and repetitions as pagans do. (Matthew 6:7Matthew 23:14Mark 12:40Luke 20:47)
  118. Whoever calls his neighbor “worthless” shall be in danger of going to court. (Matthew 5:22)
  119. Whoever causes a child to sin, it would be better for him if a large stone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6Mark 9:42Luke 17:1-2)
  120. Whoever acknowledges Christ before men, Christ will also acknowledge him before His Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Christ before men, Christ will also deny him before His Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:23-33Luke 12:8-9)
  121. Whoever desires to become great, must be a servant. Whoever desires to be first, must be a slave. (Matthew 20:26-27Mark 9:35Mark 10:43-44Luke 22:26,John 13:12-17)
  122. Whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of eternal destruction. (Matthew 5:22)
  123. Worship God in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
  124. Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him. (Matthew 4:10Luke 4:8)
  125. You cannot serve both God and wealth. (Matthew 6:24Luke 16:13)
  126. You will give an account for every careless word you speak on the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37)
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So what’s so amazing about obedience anyway? Imagine the cat is temptation…

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