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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. As you read through them, ask God to help you observe these words, apply them, and faithfully follow them throughout your lifetime.

  • Repent

    “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
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  • Follow Me

    “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
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  • Rejoice

    “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:11–12).
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  • Let Your Light Shine

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
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  • Honor God’s Law

    “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).
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  • Be Reconciled

    “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matthew 5:23–25).
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  • Do Not Lust

    “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell” (Matthew 5:28–30).
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  • Keep Your Word

    “Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37).
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  • Go the Second Mile

    “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matthew 5:38–42).
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  • Love Your Enemies

    “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?” (Matthew 5:44–46).
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  • Be Perfect

    “If ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:46–48).
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  • Practice Secret Disciplines

    “. . . When thou doest thine alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. . . . When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. . . . When thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:1–18).
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  • Lay Up Treasures

    “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).
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  • Seek God’s Kingdom

    “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
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  • Judge Not

    “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:1–3).
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  • Do Not Cast Pearls

    “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6).
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  • Ask, Seek, Knock

    “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8).
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  • Do Unto Others

    “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).

  • Choose the Narrow Way

    “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).

  • Beware of False Prophets

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:15–16).

  • Pray for Laborers

    “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37–38).

  • Be Wise as Serpents

    “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

  • Fear Not

    “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

  • Hear God’s Voice

    “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).

  • Take My Yoke

    “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).

  • Honor Your Parents

    “For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 15:4).

  • Beware of Leaven

    “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6).

  • Deny Yourself

    “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:23–25).

  • Despise Not Little Ones

    “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).

  • Go to Offenders

    “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican” (Matthew 18:15–17).

  • Beware of Covetousness

    “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).

  • Forgive Offenders

    “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21–22).

  • Honor Marriage

    “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4–6).

  • Be a Servant

    “. . . Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26–28).

  • Be a House of Prayer

    “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer . . . ” (Matthew 21:13).

  • Ask in Faith

    “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea: it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:21–22).

  • Bring In the Poor

    “Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:12–14).

  • Render to Caesar

    “Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:19–21).

  • Love the Lord

    “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37–38).

  • Love Your Neighbor

    “And the second [commandment] is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:39–40).

  • Await My Return

    “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:42–44).

  • Take, Eat, and Drink

    “As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26–28).

  • Be Born Again

    “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:5–7).

  • Keep My Commandments

    “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

  • Watch and Pray

    “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

  • Feed My Sheep

    “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep” (John 21:15–16).

  • Baptize My Disciples

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

  • Receive God’s Power

    “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).

  • Make Disciples

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20).

This material is adapted from the Commands of Christ Pocket Guide.

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This was good. My only comment is that "Judge Not" should be a little expanded on or clarified... because we are actually also commanded "to Judge" by Jesus. Here is a short article that may help explain my comment: Thank you for considering my comment.

Ron Shorey

Isnt Mathew 15:5 also a commandment?4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
15:5 if your parents turned a profit on you say, it is a gift,


So my question is... How do we actually do all of these commands and make a habit out of doing them?
It seems impossible in today's society doesn't it?


It’s encouraging to know that things that are impossible for man are possible with God. (See Luke 19:27.) Jesus also said in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” If we know that Jesus wants us to keep His commandments, then we can also be confident that His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit will enable us to do so. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 


You missed one of the most important commands Jesus issued to us: Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature". We are Jesus' mouthpiece while we are here and He asked us to spread His Word to all the world. This isn't the same as "making disciples" as Matt 28 says, but Mark 16:15 is on a personal level, just as we who are "true" Christians accepted Christ as our personal Savior, we also are commanded to witness to the lost on a personal level. And what could be more important than salvation? I can think of nothing.

Mike from Hawaii

You may want to add to the "forty nine commandments..."
John 13:34
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Audrey Busike

When I read these and when I read the Lord's Word, I confess I am so very discouraged, crushed in spirit and very fearful because I know I could never obey all of this. I don't know anyone that can be perfect or obey all of this...and this comment is always basically the answer given by many Christian scholars/Pastors and theologians. (swaller
Friday, May 1, 2015
It’s encouraging to know that things that are impossible for man are possible with God. (See Luke 19:27.) Jesus also said in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” If we know that Jesus wants us to keep His commandments, then we can also be confident that His grace and the power of the Holy Spirit will enable us to do so. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” )
I fail daily, either in attitude, heart, mind, body in action or lack of action and sometimes in many ways... I miss the mark...have everyday of my life. Does this mean I don't love my Lord enough? Were the original first disciples perfect? They were faithful for the most part, but were they perfect? Did they make it into heaven? Where is the joy and peace in trying to be perfect in everything and messing up continually? I don't get it at all...if we are to be perfect and can be in our Lord, why aren't we? I can not remove my sinful nature from me and stop sinning altogether. Lord knows I've tried and continue to try. I was taught that Christ Jesus died as payment for my sin...sins in my past, present and in the future. He took my punishment and I'm forgiven. That He in His perfect righteousness covers me, so that I may be forgiven, saved and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven to be with my Abba Father...I try so very hard to fulfill and obey my Lord, to be perfect, and I fail miserably daily, my feeble attempts are barely anything. Is there really any hope for me??? I agonize over this. I truly don't get it. What am I missing here??? Please don't tell me to pray more or that I lack faith. People of God, anyone of you, have you mastered all of your sin, are you perfect? Do you fully obey? If you are and do, I want to know how you are doing it. Help me understand please. Why would the Lord require of me that which I can not do? Isn't that why He came and died for us? I never totally have peace about this...never do I believe or can I accept that I'm being faithful because I know I fall short, and I know I'll never obey perfectly. I so deeply desire to fully walk in the Spirit and do everything right, but I fail at it.


"Thank you for commenting on our website. I want to share with you a truth that God has been and is teaching me that has revolutionized my walk with the Lord and totally changed the way that I view the Christian life. For so many years I tried to live the Christian life but found my self failing miserably. I knew that we were supposed to try to be like Jesus but I found that on my best day I could not perfectly be like Jesus. Not only were my actions wrong but I also knew that often times when I did do "good" it was a out of selfish ambition for the recognition of men. When we look to ourselves to live the Christian life we find ourselves utterly incapable and unable to do it and the pat answer to just try harder just does not cut it. As we look in Scripture we cannot help but be staggered with the reality that God is calling us to live a life that we could never live. I have seen that my striving and trying to be like Christ in my own strength simply leads to me failing more. So what is the answer? If this Christian life is just based on us giving it our best shot then we should just give up now because we cannot do it. Where is hope then?

I believe that God allows us to come to the point of despairing of ourselves because until we utterly despair of our own ability we will continue to strive in the flesh. So what is the answer? How is this Christian life we are indeed called to live even possible? I believe we find the glorious answer in Colossians 1:26-27: "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" What a wondrous, glorious reality that the secret of the Christian life is Christ IN us living the Christian life through us! Now there is hope, because the Christian life no longer depends on my striving but rather on the life of Jesus Christ that dwells in me. In 1 Peter 1:4 we read: "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." We have been made partakers of the divine nature in Christ Jesus. Not just observers of the divine nature or just copiers of the divine nature but PARTAKERS! As believers in Jesus Christ we are made to partake of His very nature! 

God does not call us to just strive in our flesh to be like Him nor does He just give us power and then we take that power and overcome the sin in our lives. No! He gives us the life of His Son Jesus Christ and Christ as the power of God, lives His overcoming, resurrection life through us! Without the reality of Christ in us this Christian life does not even make sense! I have seen from Scripture and also from my own experience that it is not about us trying but rather it is about us dying and Jesus Christ living His life through us. We read in Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." If you have trusted in Christ as your Savior you have died in Christ not physically but spiritually and so have I. We have to realize that our problem is profoundly bigger then just the sinful things that we do the problem is who we are: we are sinners. It is our very nature.  Therefore the cross had to deal with more then just the sinful things I have done it also had to deal with me and my arrogant self that thought I could do so much for God in my own strength. On the cross not only did Jesus conquer death, hell, and the grave (and He certainly did conquer those things) but he also conquered me. Praise God! 

In Christ we died but it does not stop there. In Christ we have been resurrected and it is no longer us who lives any more but Christ who lives in us. If I were to some up the Gospel in just four words they would be these: "yet not I, but Christ" Christ lives in us! This is the only way the Christian life is possible. I have my seen my best efforts at self improvement have led to disaster because it was not improvement God was looking for but rather it was a total overhaul. God was not looking to improve me or make me a better person but rather He was wanting me to receive the reality of my death with Him that He might bring forth the glorious resurrection life of His Son through me. 

Now my hope is not in my best efforts to be a good Christian but rather my hope is set on my resurrected Lord who lives inside of me. Remember in Christ we died and this is good news because someone who is dead is free from sin. "For he that is dead is freed from sin." (Romans 6:7) Because we died in Christ we have been set free from sin and we have also been raised with Him to newness of life. In John 15 we see that our relationship to the Lord is like that of a branch in a vine. The branch does not bear fruit by striving or trying but rather by simply resting in the vine and having the life of the vine flow through us. The life of the branch is one of the branch continually receiving life from the vine and our life as believers is found by continually abiding in Christ who is our life. It not by striving or trying but rather abiding in the Vine. Remember: "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." 
(Philippians 2:13) It is not you that work in you to will and to do of His good pleasure but rather it is God that works in you. 

I also wanted to share the definition of a word that changed my life! The verse " If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15. So the question then is how do we keep God's commandments? The word I want to look at the definition of is "keep". The word translated keep in this verse is: tēreō and it means to guard, or to watch. It has with it the idea that you are keeping the commandments before your face, you are thinking about them, you are meditating upon them. As we keep the commandments through meditating upon them obedience flows out as a natural fruit but if we just strive to obey the commandments in the power of the flesh we will end up in hopeless despair. As we keep God's Word before our face by meditating upon it, His Word like water washes us and cleanses us and renews our mind. There have been things in my life that I was helpless to change, things that I knew were wrong and yet could not muster up enough strength in myself to change the things and by focusing on trying to change the things instead of getting free from them I was probably just getting further wrapped up in them. But it was when I turned my attention from my sin to my Savior that I started to be changed. When instead of focusing on all the things in my life that were wrong I instead began to simply keep God's Word by meditating upon it a miraculous thing happened the wrong things in my life began to change  not by me focusing on the things but rather by me simply dwelling upon the Word of God.

Jesus Christ is the living Word and as we meditate on the written Word we are communing and fellow-shipping with the living Word Jesus Christ. What does it mean to meditate on God's Word? A few aspects of meditating on the Word are repeating the verse over and over, emphasizing different words of the verse, picturing the verse and personalizing the verse. As we meditate on the Word it comes in and changes us from the inside out. Change happens in my life not by me striving to change myself but rather by me realizing my total inability to do anything in my own strength and casting myself in total dependence on Jesus Christ who is my life and by His strength as I meditate on His Word, His Word brings change in my life. 

Let me close with this verse that has been a huge encouragement to me. In 1 Thessalonians chapter 5. After a list of important commands like pray with out ceasing, give thanks in everything, quench not the Spirit we find this verse: "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Praise God that He does not just call us to this life He also does it through us. The only way we are faithful is because the ever faithful one lives in us! I know that this has been a rather lengthy response but I believe these truths are some of the most important we can ever consider. I encourage all who read this to meditate on these truths and may God open every one of our eyes to the glorious reality that it is no longer us who lives but Christ who lives in us!"

- Gabriel


Praise God. I have been tourting myself with this question that I have no answer to. When I read the post by Audrey Busike it touched me heart. I have learned the answer is to surrender all to Jesus amen

Bill Davenport

Hey, Gabriel, that was a great reply.

In John 8.31-32, Jesus says, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (from sin)." And as you say, the idea of Christ doing His work in and through us is seen in the word "make (you free). It does not say the truth will "set" us free (like the opening of the door of a cage so we can walk out on our own power) but rather "make" you free - put you in the position of being outside that cage - change your state of being (free from sin).

Your point about "keeping" His word before us is exactly what Psalm 119 concludes with the last verse: "I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments." All through Psalm 119 the author cries out to God to change his heart. Just take a peek at verses 25-32:
My soul cleaves to the dust; [not God]
Revive me according to Your word.
I have told of my ways, and You have answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts,
So I will meditate on Your wonders.
My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Your word.
Remove the false way from me,
And graciously grant me Your law.
I have chosen the faithful way;
I have placed Your ordinances before me.
I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
I shall run the way of Your commandments,
For You will enlarge my heart.

Over and over he cries out for God to do what he himself cannot do - to change his heart.

Even though it is a high calling, we can be so encouraged by the Apostles themselves. Even Peter, after receiving the Holy Spirit, still acted hypocritically and was rebuked by Paul. And Paul himself said that He did not attain to perfection but he *did* say that he kept putting the past behind him and kept "pressing on toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

In the parable of the sower, when seed was sown on different types of soil, the fruit was choked out and was not produced because the soil had weeds which Jesus defined as "the worries of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the desire for other things." So the question is - do I allow the worries of this world to distract my attention to Christ? For example, do I keep my ears open to the daily "news"? I know that sounds silly, but really, do I allow the world to dictate what is important in the world? The world's media is so very powerful today. It's beyond entertainment or mere information, it's designed to get and keep our attention and those who claim Christ as Lord must adjust our priorities and who we listen to.

In line with this, since our goal is "love" (1Timothy 1), we are called not to have anything to do with the "stories" and "fables" and "tales" ("myths") of this world. Almost all popular media depicts life lived without - or even in direct defiance of - God. We can't hope to get too far in a personal walk with Christ while investing countless hours meditating on the world's stories and tales.

Through all this, even though we do indeed fall so short, we can give thanks always, for we can thank God for His astounding love and grace in Christ as He came to us and bled and died in our place so that we may have life and have it abundantly.

One last point that is really important. You list things as commands of Jesus that Jesus Himself did not actually command His disciples. In Matthew 28, Jesus *only* commands that His disciples teach other disciples to follow and obey what Jesus directly commanded them. So including things like, "honor God's law" and "do not lust" etc. (as important as those teachings are) are not direct commands Jesus commanded His disciples. They are great markers to see if we are walking in His ways and they are great teachings, but should not be listed in your list as the actual commands of Jesus.

Grace and peace to you!



Audrey, Your not alone, I too have many of those thoughts and struggles many many times .. I think most Christians go through this too.. After 4 years seeking the Lord, I know now more than ever that He alone opens our eyes and ears to the truth, He alone, calls us out of our sinful ways by convicting us of our sins, He alone Chooses each of us and CALLS US.. The natural man or Carnal man is spiritually dead to the things of God so it is impossible for them to Go seek God, in fact Romans 8 says this and also that we are naturally hostile to Him.. God moves in each of us, Draws us unto himself, continually sanctifies, convicts, and works in us, humbles us, rids us of all sorts of sin and issues that we have.. we are his workmanship, he is at work in us perfecting us always.. We, our old man has been crucified, he no linger lives, now Christ lives within us, that is how you remain with him over a period of time, He literately keeps us.. He gives us power to avoid certain things (temptations) that we would have normally had no power over in the past.. All of this for his Glory.... 1 Peter 1:3-9 says it all I think.. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

I love these also.. I pray they help you as well:

Psalm 65:4King James Version (KJV)

4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

1 Peter 2:9 (AKJV)

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

John 15:16English Standard Version (ESV)

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Philippians 1:6 (AKJV)

6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Hebrews 10:14Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 and having an high priest over the house of God; 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

John 17:17 (AKJV)

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

1 John 5:14-15Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

1 John 1:9 (AKJV)

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This is amazing... By one offering Jesus our Lord has perfected them which has sanctified, that is us whom he is working on.. We have received him as our Lord and Savior and trust in him to deliver us and cleanse us and keep us so.. We seek to please him, love him and pray to him always.. Through Jesus we Now we have the Boldness to enter into the presence of almighty God, not of our selves but because of our beautiful gracious Savior and what he has already done for us can we approach Him.. this is a new and living way! now we can draw near in full assurance in what Jesus has already done for each of us... We didnt do it but He did!! We can now rest in his promises and trust in his salvation.. of course let him sanctify you and point things out to you.. daily Cleansing us and washing away our sins as we confess them to him..

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 and having an high priest over the house of God; 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith
I pray this helps

Glenda Smith

Paul talked about how the law did not save them based on the fact they could not keep the law perfectly. Jesus taught that loving God and neighbor constituted the whole Law and he reiterated it here by saying: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). Therefore, His Commands are not hard, as He said, "My Yoke is easy and My burden is light...". Some still teach a lot of "works" to either save or keep you saved, but Jesus Commands are summed up in love of God and man. Paul also reiterated this in 1 Corinthians 13.


To Swaller - I am blessed by the answer you give to Audrey Busike and with your permission I would like to share the same with those who I know with similar thoughts and questions. You have blessed me with this and may God continue to bless you. Thank you,


Yes please do!


Great list! In addition to these, Jesus also commanded us to make disciples of all nations (Mathew 28:19) teaching them to obey everything He had commanded them. He also had commanded the 12 and then the 72 to heal the sick and cast out demons (Luke 9 and 10). It is quite a list! One at a time & with the help of the Holy Spirit!


Dear brethren

All the information and comments above specially like that of Swaller's are good, but I believe should add as most important of this list Christ's new commandment of Love.

John 13:34 (NKJV) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.


Thank you, Truly enlightening

Kay Thompson

Well, all of this is true. However, the greatest commandment is to love one another. The Bible was written so we could get to know God and to also let us know how displeasing we are to God and to show us how much we need Jesus because no way can we not sin. When we start throwing rules and regulations and shalt nots out at non believers or new believers, they run for the hills and/or live in total self condemnation, never knowing the true love and peace that is theirs just for the asking, not for the earning.


These comments have blessed me this morning... Who would have thought my quiet time would lead me to read the comments on a website page... Praise God. Please continue this ministry. Do not get discouraged if you do not see fruit every day. You will touch lives forever because we all know from our parents that once you put something on the internet it can never "fully" disappear. We run a summer discipleship program and I hope to include some of these comments in the teaching sessions! Thanks guys!


This is for Audrey, God loves you, he knew you couldnt live perfectly. Its why Jesus was sent, its grace that covers you, not the law or your sins. God tells us no man is sinless, so practice repentance, pray God helps you stay strong and creates in you a heart to live for Him Jesus name. Do your best to live for Him, and trust God to lead you

Lodewijk Langeweg

Two commands on which all else depends in human and spiritual life. How to love yourself and how to love your neighbor:

1. "As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you. Continue ye in My love."
~John 15:9

2. "This is My commandment: that ye love one another, as I have loved you."
~John 15:12

Those words are an elucidation of the two great commands.

Augustine writes:
"Though the words, Continue ye in My love, do not of themselves make it evident which love He means, ours to Him, or His to us, yet the preceding words do: I love you, He says: and then immediately after, Continue ye in My love."
~(Tract. lxxxii. 3. et seq.)


Thank you Swaller/Gabriel for the response about Christ living THROUGH us, keeping, or OBSERVING and MEDITATING ON His commands, and God's calling us and DOING it for us through Christ's resurrection in our dead bodies. This revolutionized my walk and I thank God for that wisdom. God Bless!


I dont find John 13: 34 in this list why is it missing? This one I am particularly interested in and its following verse 35

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

This seems to be the most important of the commandments at least equal with his restating the original 10 to the Pharisees!

I am really looking forward to a response


Gabriel, let me say this first; I thank my Lord for you! Your words, post have changed my perspective. It is Christ not I who does the changing. I have struggled and I mean struggled with areas in my life but I've tried so hard to do the right thing but always failed miserably. But it's as if a Vail has been lifted, praise the Holy name of Jesus and thank you again for your discipleship and obedience Gabriel.


Thank you for this teaching. I am encouraged to follow Jesus commandment's. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and our guide, I will not be able to fulfill Jesus Commandments at all times because I am still in the flesh but with the Spirits help He will make me more like Jesus.

Kary Hall

Hi! First of all, great article but KAAS NAILED IT with THE MOST CRUCIAL ONE!!! That's HUGE!!! Also, I really hope AUDREY BUSIKE sees this bc the good news is that IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US to do all these things but it is NOT IMPOSSIBLE with God!!! He sends us His Holy Spirit for good reason! THIS is the most perfect explanation on THAT & what it's really about, being a Christian!!!

Mark Everhart

Great wonderful I'd been poking for this list for years! God bless you in this work!


I hear you Audrey. How can I be perfect through him when I'm not perfect? If I'm not obeying all 50 of these commands, does that mean that Christ actually does NOT live in me? Or that I am actually failing to let Him live through me? I think the answer is grace. It's why Jesus gives it. He knows we will never be able to accomplish this complete list, even through Him. We are not Him. We are to lean on Him. He covers us when we fail, because we all fail, daily. However, that doesn't mean we are not supposed to strive to be as much like Christ as possible.


I am really glad to have come across this information today. I am so thankful that someone had the guts to state how difficult it can seem to do all the commandments. Jesus said ask seek and knock. I feel that peraon did that and through the author I believe you gave a very Holy Spirit driven answer. I can tell this pondered you as well and caused you to meditate on the word and research the orgins of the words. It makes so much sense for us to keeper of the commandments its in then keeping that we become the branch intwine in the vine. It so clear to me now. If you are now a keeper of the commandments and which means where ever you go and in whatever you do that thing you are keeping becomes apart you and the more you keep it the more other will recognize you by what you are keeping and you will recognize what you are a keeper of the commandments. Example if you were given a key to keep for a building you would you not become the key holder. You would in fact and be in the present act of being the key holder. I think the only difference is that the key is tangible and keeper of the commandments is intangible. Ive been on this journey seeking Chirst and his truth for three years now. I believe that you are right about the branch and the vine. Ive never heard of that story. However I have been on a truth seeking journey in why resisting the flesh is hard. I know understand the pray constantly os to meditate on the commandments within that With Chirst living through me and the power of God that dwelleths within me that I can be a keeper of the commandments.

Chicago Joe

Audrey, thank you for being so transparent and real. I found this thread while searching the commands of Jesus. I meet with a group of guys weekly and this past weeks study was on surrender and it was tough and we all struggled with the lesson and feel somewhat inadequate in our ability to follow Christ for all those things you state in your post. So, at the very least, you are not alone! I think as long as the sinful nature is a part of who we are here on earth we will continue to see elements of it in our lives. I think of the apostle Paul and his Spirit-inspired writing in Romans 7 where he talks of the struggle he obviously had between his flesh and his desire to do good and says in verse 24, "O wretched man that I am". So it sounds to me that your (our) struggle is no different than Paul's! I expect this will continue until the day we are absent from the body and we shed our sinful nature. Until then, I would encourage all of us to "press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" Philippians 3:14.

Bruce Graham

It's interesting that all of Jesus's commandments are found in the books of Moses or are based on them.


Well-done . Very good piece and highly revealing.


I found this page while having my morning scripture reading and meditation. I landed here because I was going through websites wanting to understand how other people understand what is the commandments of Christ Jesus to his servants. First Audrey thank you for your honesty and not being afraid to ask or say what most of us believers are ashamed to bring forth in our walk with Christ. Second Praise be to God for all the encouraging comments Especially the response from you Swaller/Gabriel, because for me it was an answer I Did not know I was looking for but when I read it my spirit shouted praises with me..and I knew I was being reminded of who we are as children of God. God bless you richly for being obedient and sharing with us the power of God..His Living word. Thank you and God Bless!


John 13:34

Bill Sterling

I too am glad to find a summary online. We can see how short churches come when it involves what the LORD Jesus said to His disciples. Mt. 28 indicates that we are to MAKE disciples. To do that, people must HEAR what Jesus commanded. So, we must read and study to discover ALL that He said. WE don’t get to pick and choose. Neither the Roman Church nor the Protestant Church has done very well. All you have to do is compare their “doctrines” with what the scriptures reveal. But then, no one has come here to defend their errors, have they? We become responsible for what WE hear - or read. Let’s make Jesus proud of us.


Friends if you're reading this I encourage you to go up the page and read Swaller/Gabriel's response to Audrey.
Friends please don't think you have to "try harder" but rather "strive to enter His rest".
Somewhere in 1 John he says something like, ... And this is what He has commanded us, to love one another and believe in the One God has sent.
Love from Him to you all.
Andrew from Ipswich, Australia


I am very grateful that the Holy Spirit led me to this page today. God is good all the time; and all the time, God is good!


Audrey, I hope you check back on this page and your impact often as I testify your words and feelings and mine today some 4 years after your initial post. I grew up in the church but then was lost and went on about life without acknowledging the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. But some 50 years passed and 3 years ago I came back to our Lord. In the beginning of my new journey, it was all new and exciting, like a new job, car or other physical element of life. Now 3 years later I share Audrey's plight and wonder daily how can I ever or ever could ever think I- poorly, lifelong sinner ME, could ever think I could be a child of God and follow in his son-Jesus's path.
Bur reading Gabriel's response to your original post has given me insight and hope as well as lifted my spirit. Gabriel you are such a blessing and pray that your life will be and has been so very blessed in the way your words showed all of us the right approach and understanding of "following in Jesus's footsteps" and living a Godly life.
THANK YOU Audrey. THANK YOU Gabriel.
God bless you both.

Jimmy Smith

Your answers to Audrey’s heart tugging struggle were a blessing. Thanks be to God for your gifts to share the good news.


Matthew 24:32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree" is that a command or a suggestion?

Peter Matthews

Hi. Amazing and useful page but do you have a version that uses English translations of the Bible as I and others I know from England don’t really use or understand archaic and I would love to recommend this to people. Thank you for putting in the hard work to create this. Peter


Forgot; Love one another as I loved you.

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