• Jon Mahurin

The Commandments of Jesus Christ

From Matthew

  • 4:17 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

  • 4:19 “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

  • 5:3 Be people “who are poor and realize their need for him.”

  • 5:4 Be people “who mourn.”

  • 5:5 Be people “who are humble.”

  • 5:6 Be people “who hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness.”

  • 5:7 Be people “who are merciful.”

  • 5:8 Be people “whose hearts are pure.”

  • 5:9 Be people “who work for peace.”

  • 5:10 Be people “who are persecuted for doing right.”

  • 5:11 “When people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my follower. Be happy about it! Be very glad! And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

  • 5:13 Be “the salt of the earth.”

  • 5:14 Be “the light of the world and let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

  • 5:17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come.”

  • 5:20 “your righteousness must be better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees,”

  • 5:22 Don’t even be angry with someone and don’t curse anyone.

  • 5:23-25 If you are presenting a gift in prayer at the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your gift right there. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your gift to God. “settle your differences quickly.”

  • 5:28 Don’t even look at a woman with lust in your heart.

  • 5:32 Don’t divorce your wife. And don’t marry a divorced woman.

  • 5:34-37 “Do not make any vows! Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”

  • 5:39-41 “Do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If someone in authority demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.”

  • 5:42 “Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.”

  • 5:44 “Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.”

  • 5:48 “Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

  • 6:1-4 “Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do, like blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private.”

  • 6:5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private.”

  • 6:7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. Remember your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

  • 6:9-13 Pray like this: “Our Father in heaven, help us keep your name holy. Let your Kingdom come soon in me, so that your will can be done by me here on earth, as it is in those who are with you in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, just as you have asked us to forgive those who sin against us. And keep us from yielding to temptation, and rescue us from evil.”

  • 6:16 “When you fast, don’t make it obvious, like the hypocrites do”

  • 6:19-20 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth; Store your treasures in heaven.”

  • 6:25-31 “Don’t serve or be in bondage to money. Don’t worry about the needs everyday life ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. So don’t worry about tomorrow.”

  • 7:1-5 “Do not judge others. Don’t say ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

  • 7:6 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.”

  • 7:7-11 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.”

  • 7:12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.”

  • 7:13 “Stop trying to enter God’s Kingdom without going through the narrow gate.”

  • 7:15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

  • 7:24 "Be like a wise person who listens to my teaching and follows them.”

  • 8:3 “Be healed!”

  • 8:22 “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.”

  • 9:3 “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”

  • 9:4 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

  • 9:9 “Follow me and be my disciple,”

  • 9:13 “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

  • 9:22 “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.”

  • 9:37 “Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

  • 10:5-8 “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, but only to the people of God's house—God’s lost sheep. Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!”

  • 10:9-10 “Don’t take any money in your money belts. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.”

  • 10:12-13 “Bless each home when you enter it. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, your blessing will return to you.”

  • 10:16-18 “Be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves, because I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.

  • 10:19-20 “Don’t worry about how to respond or what to say when you are arrested, God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

  • 10:23 “Flee to another town when you are persecuted in the one you are at.”

  • 10:26-27 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!”

  • 10:33 “Don’t deny me here on earth, or I will also deny you before my Father in heaven.”

  • 10:34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.”

  • 10:37 “Dont love your father, mother, son or daughter more than you love me, or you are not worthy of being mine

  • 10:38 “Don’t refuse to take up your cross and follow me, or you are not worthy of being mine.”

  • 11:15 “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

  • 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

  • 12:7 “Stop condemning my innocent disciples, you need to learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.”

  • 12:11 “On the Sabbath you are to do good and not evil.”

  • 12:13 “Hold out your hand.”

  • 12:48 “Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”

  • 13:18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds.”

  • 13:28 “No, he replied, do not uproot the weeds; you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.”

  • 14:24 “Don’t be afraid, take courage. I am here!”

  • 15:3-9 “Stop violating the direct commandments of God in order to uphold your traditions and sectarian views.”

  • 15:10-11 & 17-20 “Listen, and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth. Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you.

  • 15:13 “Don’t pay any attention to plants that are not planted by my heavenly Father, they will be uprooted, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”

  • 16:6 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

  • 16:11 “Understand that I’m not talking about bread? So again I say, Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

  • 16:23 “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

  • 16:24 “You must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me, If you wish to be my disciple.”

  • 17:7 “Get up, don’t be afraid.”

  • 17:20 Get more faith “You don’t have enough faith, I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

  • 18:4 “become as humble as a little child for he who is humble is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

  • 18:8-9 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.”

  • 18:15-17 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”

  • 18:22-35 “Forgive the one who sins against you from your heart, not seven times, but seventy times seven!”

  • 19:8 “Don’t divorce your wife and marry someone else, or you will be committing adultery.”

  • 19:14 “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them!”

  • 19:17 “keep the commandments.”

  • 19:21 “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

  • 20:7 “go out and join the others in my vineyard.”

  • 20:25-28 “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it must be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

  • 22:4 “Come to the banquet!”

  • 22:21 “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

  • 22:37 “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and your entire mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

  • 23:3 “So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example.”

  • 23:8-9 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi or ‘Teacher, and don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father. The greatest among you must be a servant.”

  • 23:23 “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things, justice, mercy, and faith. Stop swallowing camels.”

  • 23:25 “First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, also.”

  • 24:4 “Don’t let anyone mislead you.”

  • 24:6 “Don’t panic, when you hear of wars and rumors of wars.

  • 24:23 “Don’t believe it when anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is.”

  • 24:32 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree.”

  • 24:42 “So you, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.”

  • 25:13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.”

  • 26:26 “Take this and eat it, for this is my body. Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms my covenant with you.”

  • 26:41 “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

  • 26:52 “Put away your sword!”

  • 28:18 “Now go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


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