Simple commands for Christians

Written especially for those who think that their "belief", church attendance, prayers or other religious or churchy activities are sufficient. 

The intention of this document is not to tell anybody what to do but merely to highlight a whole lot of instructions that Jesus and the apostles gave to their listeners or readers.  Most Christians will have read the relevant passages of the Bible one or more times but, since almost everyone is prone to forgetfulness, self-centredness and self-justification I am happy to provide this brief reminder.  I find it useful when I am in an introspective mood and examining my own motives and actions; I also generally find that my motives are nowhere near as pure and wholesome as I would like to think that they are ...  In fact whenever I am in a arrogant mood and thinking what a great person I am, a quick perusal of this list swiftly puts me back in touch with the less than glittering truth!

In the following table I have attempted to fairly represent some of the instructions that are given to Christians.  I have listed only some of the most basic commands — those that are clearly given as commands and are not extrapolated from the text by complex interpretation.  The listed commands have been chosen more or less at random; there are other simple commands that are not listed or represented here.

Scripture section Commands

Matthew 5

Settle disputes before you get to court.
Let your "yes" mean yes, and your "no", no.
Love your enemy
Pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 6 Do not seek honour from men when performing "acts of righteousness" such as praying, giving and fasting.
Do not store up treasure on earth.
Do not worry about food, drink or clothes.
Matthew 7 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Matthew 10 Give freely.
Luke 6 Lend to your enemies without expecting to get anything back.
Be merciful.
If someone takes what belongs to you, do not ask for it back.
John 13 Wash one another's feet.
Romans 12:3 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought ...
Romans 12:9-21 ...  hate what is evil
cling to what is good
be devoted to one another in brotherly love
honour one another above yourselves
never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the lord
be joyful in hope
be patient in affliction
be faithful in prayer
share with God's people who are in need
practise hospitality
bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse
rejoice with those who rejoice
mourn with those who mourn
live in harmony with one another
do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position
do not be conceited
give food and drink to your enemies
do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
Romans 13 Submit to the governing authorities
Give to each person whatever it is that you owe that person: taxes, revenue, respect, honour
Do not let any debt remain outstanding except for the continuing debt to love one another.
Romans 14 Love one another
behave decently
do not participate in orgies
do not get drunk
do not participate in immoral sexual acts
do not engage in dissension, jealousy or debauchery
do not think about how to gratify the desires of your sinful nature - your wrong, immoral or evil desires
make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers
2 Corinthians 13:11 Aim for perfection
Ephesians 4 Do not tell lies
If you are angry, resolve the matter before then end of the day
Do not steal
Only say what is helpful for building others up according to their needs
do not be bitter
do not brawl
do not slander
be kind to one another
be compassionate to one another
forgive one another
Ephesians 5 imitate God
live a life of love
do not be greedy
do not be even slightly sexually immoral
do not be obscene
do not make coarse jokes
be thankful and express it
live wisely
Hebrews 12 Make every effort to live in peace with all men.
Make every effort to be holy; without holiness nobody will see the Lord
Hebrews 13 keep on loving each other as brothers
Do not forget to entertain strangers
avoid the love of money
be content with what you have
do good and share with others
1 Peter Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling
Phillipians 4 Put into practice what you have learned [from Paul].
James 1 Be quick to listen.
Be slow to speak.
Be slow to become angry.
Consider trials to be pure joy.
James 4 Do not slander one another.
Do not boast about what you are going to do in the future — you do not know what is going to happen.
James 5 Be patient.
Do not grumble against one another.
If you are in trouble, pray.
If you are happy, sing songs of praise.
If you are sick, call the elders of the church to pray over you and anoint you with oil so that you may recover.
Confess your sins to one another.
Pray for one another.