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49 Commands of Christ

words to live by
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Keeping the commands of Jesus begins with recognizing what they are. Following is a collection of 49 of Jesus’ commands.

Keys to Taming Your Tongue

taking responsibility for your words
You probably know the pain of regretting words you have spoken: words of pride, dishonesty, envy, gossip, or anger. Although you can seek to restore bruised relationships through repentance and forgiveness, spoken words can never be retrieved.

How Suffering Prepared a Leader

the story of Joseph
How would you respond if your family despised you so much that they arranged for you to be sold to a slave trader? How would you feel if your boss, whom you had faithfully served with impeccable integrity, was quick to believe a lie about you and subsequently have you thrown into jail?

What’s in a Good Name?

key factors behind a good name
Your name represents you, your life, and who you are. It speaks of the work you do and how you do it. Your name embodies your reputation.

How to Maintain a Good Name

representing Christ with integrity and compassion
A good name is more valuable than riches, because it can’t be bought with money. It has to be earned moment by moment, day by day, decision by decision. Having a good name means living in a way that earns the trust of others.

Learn to Recognize Iniquity

what is iniquity?
Iniquity is the inner act of willfulness against God. It involves the attitudes of the heart. Scripture specifically identifies the following iniquities: bitterness (see Acts 8:23), greed (see Acts 8:18–23), lust (Job 31:1–12), and stubbornness (I Samuel 15:23).

The Myth of the Perfect Family

overcoming the dangers of comparison
Do you ever feel the pressure of comparing your family with others and realizing that you do not measure up to what you see? We all have dreams of what our ideal family life would be.

Stand Alone for Truth

upholding righteousness for the glory of God
As a believer, it is likely that some time during your life you will be challenged to stand alone—to be in a situation that forces you to decide if you will obey God or “follow the crowd.” Your decision will either glorify God or give the enemies of God an opportunity to

Take Responsibility for Moral Failure

rebuilding a marriage damaged by hidden moral failure
When you come clean with your wife by confessing moral failures, you will have a feeling of euphoria. It will seem as though hundreds of bricks have been taken off of your shoulders. You will even feel free physically, because hiding your sin affects your entire body, soul, and spirit.

Rewards for Keeping the Commands of Christ

treasures to reap when living by the words of Jesus
When we keep—that is, observe, remember, and apply—the commands of Jesus Christ, Scripture explains that many rewards will follow.

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