The Commandments of Christ

The following is a list of commands which form the basis of our life in Christ. Most were spoken directly by Christ; many were added for clarity by the writers of the epistles.

  1. Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you (Matt. 5:44).
  2. Resist not evil: if a man smite thee on one cheek, turn to him the other also (Matt. 5:30-40).
  3. Avenge not yourselves: rather give place unto wrath: and suffer yourselves to be defrauded (Rom. 12:18, 19).
  4. If a man take away thy goods, ask them not again (Luke 6:29, 30).
  5. Agree with your adversary quickly, submitting even to wrong for the sake of peace (Matt. 5:25; 1 Cor. 6:7).
  6. Labor not to be rich: be ready to every good work, give to those who ask; relieve the afflicted (1 Tim. 6:8; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:16; James 1:27).
  7. Do not your alms before men: Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth (Matt. 6:1-4).
  8. Recompense to no man evil for evil: overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:17).
  9. Bless them that curse you; let no cursing come out of your mouth (Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:14).
  10. Render not evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing (1 Pet. 3:9).
  11. Pray for them that despitefully use you and afflict you (Matt. 5:44).
  12. Grudge not: judge not: complain not: condemn not (James 5:9; Matt. 7:1).
  13. Put away anger, wrath, bitterness, and all evil speaking (Eph. 4:31; 1 Pet. 2:1).
  14. Confess your faults one to another (James 5:16).
  15. Be not conformed to this world: love not the world (Rom. 12:2; 1 John 2:15).
  16. Deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts. If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off (Titus 2:13; Matt. 5:30).
  17. Servants, be faithful, even to bad masters (Eph. 6:5-8).
  18. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate (Rom. 12:16).
  19. Owe no man anything (Rom. 13:7,8).
  20. In case of sin (known or heard of) speak not of it to others, but tell the offending brother of the matter between thee and him alone, with a view to recovery (Matt. 18:15; Gal. 6:1).
  21. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart (Matt. 22:37).
  22. Pray always; pray with brevity and simplicity; pray secretly (Luke 18:1; Matt. 6:7).
  23. In everything give thanks to God and recognize Him in all your ways (Eph. 5:20; Prov. 3:6).
  24. As you would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them (Matt. 7:12).
  25. Take Christ for an example and follow in his steps (1 Pet. 2:21).
  26. Let Christ dwell in your heart by faith (Eph. 3:17).
  27. Esteem Christ more highly than all earthly things; yea, than your own life (Luke 14:26).
  28. Confess Christ freely before men (Luke 12:8).
  29. Beware lest the cares of life or the allurements of pleasure weaken his hold on your heart (Matt. 24:44).
  30. Love thy neighbor as thyself (Matt. 22:39).
  31. Exercise lordship over no one (Matt. 23:11).
  32. Seek not your own welfare only, nor bear your own burdens merely, but have regard to those of others (Phil. 2:4; Gal. 6:2).
  33. Let your light shine before men: hold forth the word of life. Do good to all men as ye have opportunity (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:16; Gal. 6:10).
  34. Be blameless and harmless, as the sons of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phil. 2:15).
  35. Be gentle, meek, kind-hearted, compassionate, merciful, forgiving (2 Tim. 2:24; Titus 2:2; Eph. 4:32).
  36. Be sober, grave, sincere, temperate (Phil. 4:5; 1 Pet. 1:13; 5:8).
  37. Speak the truth every man with his neighbor: put away all lying (Eph. 4:25).
  38. Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the Lord, and not unto men (Col. 3:23).
  39. Be watchful, vigilant, brave, joyful, courteous, and strong (1 Cor. 16:13; Phil. 4:4; 1 Thess. 5:6-10).
  40. Be clothed with humility; be patient toward all (Col. 3:12; Rom. 12:12).
  41. Follow peace with all men (Heb. 12:14).
  42. Sympathize in the joys and sorrows of others (Rom. 12:15).
  43. Follow after whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseful (Phil. 4:8).
  44. Refrain utterly from adultery, fornication, uncleanness, drunkenness, covetousness, wrath, strife, sedition, hatred, emulation, boasting, vainglory, envy, jesting, and foolish talking (Eph. 5:3,4).
  45. Whatever you do, consider the effect of your action on the honor of God's name among men. Do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31; 3:17).
  46. Reckon yourselves dead to all manner of sin. Henceforth live not to yourselves, but to him who died for you, and rose again (Rom. 6-11; 2 Cor. 5:15).
  47. Be zealous of good works, always abounding in the work of the Lord, wearying not in well doing (Titus 2:14; Gal. 6:9).
  48. Speak evil of no man (Titus 3:2).
  49. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (Col. 3:16).
  50. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt (Col. 3:8; 4:6).
  51. Obey rulers; submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake (Titus 3:1).
  52. Be holy in all manner of conversation (1 Pet. 1:15, 16).
  53. Give no occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully (1 Tim. 5:14).