We commit sins in two ways.
The first way is when we do not love our God above all things (Mk 12:30). The
second way is by not loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mk 12:31). All sins
come from the heart (Matt 15:19, Mk 7:21-23), they are spiritual (Jer 17:9, Rom 7:14). They come from the lack of an obedient
love for our God (1Jn5:3, 2Jn 6), from the lack of a caring love for all people
(1Jn 3:10-11, 1Pe 1:22). It is impossible to list all the ways in which we
these two sins by ignoring our God (Heb 2:3), by hurting our neighbors (Ro
15:1-2). Sometimes we are even unaware of the sins we commit (Ps 19:12, Ja 4:17). Sin came in the world
when Satan (1Jn 3:8) tempted Adam and Eve (Rom 5:12+19). Since that time it has
been impossible for anyone to live a perfect life of love to their Lord (1Jn
1:8, Rom 3:23). For Satan (Eph 6:12, 1Jn 3:8), the world (1Jn 2:16, 2Pe 2:4)
and our own desires (Ro 6:12, 1Pe 4:2) lead us away from Christ, and cause us to
sin (Rom 7:18-25). Everyone has a weakness, we all sin (Rom 3:10). Whether it be money, power, pride, sexual lusts, a vulgar tongue,
or not loving our neighbor (Matt 19:19,
command ever given to this universe is to love our great God above all things (Dt 6:4-5). We show this love by obeying our Lord (Lk 11:28) and living our lives as the He would have us live
More specifically the two greatest commands are as follows:
- Jesus taught us in Matt. 22:37-38, ďLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.Ē Our love for God must be the greatest and strongest love we have in our lives (Matt 10:37-39). We must put our Lord first in every endeavor we attempt, we must submit to our Masterís will in everything we do. We must obey His commands by doing everything He would have us do and abstaining from everything He would not have us do (Jn 14:23-24).
- Jesus instructed us in Matt. 22:39, ďAnd the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.Ē We try to love others as we would be loved. We are to love even our enemies and do good to those who do evil to us (Matt 5:43-48). Jesus also said in John 13:34, ďAs I have loved you love one another.Ē We must strive to love those in Christ as much as Jesus loved us.
Jesus told us in Matt. 22:40, ďAll the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.Ē These two commands supersede all others. They are the ones that should be emphasized to all children, they are the ones that should be put up on display for all to see, all to obey.
Some of our Lordís commands were Old Covenant ceremonial laws to make the people aware of the Savior to come, and a means of forgiving their sins until He came (Gal 3:19). Jesus Christís death fulfilled these ceremonial laws, they are needed no more (Heb 9:27-28). We are to obey all of Christís commands that He taught us (Matt 28:20, Jn 14:15). We are also to follow the New Testament teachings of the apostles on how our Lord would have us live in the New Covenant (2Cor 3:6, 2Th 1:8, 3:14). We should also obey the moral Old Covenant laws not redefined in the New Covenant (Rev 12:17). Listed below are other specific commands of our Lord. They are paraphrased from the Bible as follows:†††
- That we should have no other gods, nor worship, bow down, or call upon any other idols, heavenly beings, statues, or anything else in heaven or earth (Ex 20:3-5, Isa 42:8, Matt 4:10).
†- Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Ex 20:7). Do not curse God (Lev 24:15). Do not curse by calling down the anger of God on anyone or anything (Ja 3:9-10, Matt 26:74, Mk 7:10, Rom 3:14). Do not use His name carelessly or by swearing an oath to prove you are telling the truth where a simple yes or no will do (Matt 5:33-37). Do not swear falsely by His name ( Lev 19:12).
- Do not lie (Lev 19:11, Jn 8:44,
- We should worship our God in fellowship with other Christians gladly hearing and learning His word (Heb 10:25, Ac 2:42). Each can worship any day or time they desire (Gal 4:10-11, Rom 14:5-6, Col 2:16-17). Early Christians met on the first day of the week, Sunday (Ac 20:7, 1Cor 16:2). Where two or three are gathered together in Christís name, He will be there also (Matt 18:20). We should support those are called for specific work by the Lord, both with prayers (Rom 15:30, Eph 6:9, Ac 12:5) and sustaining them with their physical needs (Matt 10:10). We should bring the knowledge of our Lord to all nations (Matt 28:19, Mk 13:10, Lk24:47). Congregations should be led by elders, men seasoned with a strong Christian faith and picked by the congregation they lead (1Tim 3:1-15, Tit 1:5-9). We should take our disputes to the elders to be settled quickly, trying to avoid secular courts (1Cor 6:1-7).
- Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you and you will live long on the earth (Ex 20:12, Duet 5:16, Matt 19:9, Eph 6:2). Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly (Lev 19:32). Take care of the elderly especially caring for those in your own family (1Tim 5:4, 8, 16).
- Do not kill (Ex 20:13). He who
hates his brother is a murderer (Lev 19:17, 1Jn 3:15). Do not have rage or
anger (Matt 5:21-22, Eph 4:26, 31,
- Do not commit adultery (Ex
20:14,† Heb 13:4, Ja
2:11). He who lusts after another has already committed adultery in his heart
(Matt 5:27-28, Rom 1:24). We must honor our promise to marry another (Dt 22:23). Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman,
that is detestable to God (Lev 18:22, 20:13, Ro 1:26). Neither the sexually
immoral, adulterers, or homosexuals, will inherit the
- Do not steal (Ex 20:15, Dt 5:19, Matt 19:18). Do not defraud or rob your neighbor (Lev 19:13). Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity (Lev19:35). Theft, deceit, swindling, and greed are evil (Ro 1:29). Steal no more but work to give to the needy (Eph 4:28).†
-We should gladly do to the best of our ability the job our Lord has given us (Jn 9:4). Give to him that asks of you and from him that would borrow from you turn not away (Matt 5:42). Help others as we would like to be helped (Gal 5:14).
- Do not bear false witness
against they neighbor (Ex 20:16, 23:1, Mk 10:19). Slander is evil (2Pe 2:11-12,
Tit 3:2). Do not pervert justice, do not show partiality to the poor or
favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly (Lev 19:15). Speak not
evil of anyone (Ja 4:11), nor have evil thoughts
against anyone (Zech 8:17. Mk 7:20-23). Do not have bitterness or malice (Eph
4:31-32). If there is a dispute go and discuss the matter between you and the
person alone, then bring in others to rectify the situation (Matt 18:15). Be
kind and compassionate (
- Do not desire your neighborís wife, nor covet any of his possessions (Ex 20:17, Dt 5:21, 1Ki 21:1-16). Do not envy others possessions (1Pe 2:1, Gal 5:21). Having food and shelter be content with what you have (1Tim 6-8).
- Forgive others as Christ
forgives us (
- The evils of drunkenness, filthy or obscene language, foolish talk, coarse joking, arrogance, and pride keep one from the Kingdom of God (Col 3:8, Eph 5:3-5). God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (Ja 4-6).
- Do not practice sorcery nor turn to mediums or spiritualists, for you will be defiled by them (Lev 19:31, Dt 18:10). Do not cut nor tattoo your body (Lev 19:28).
- Give to the poor and needy (Mk 10:21, Lk 12:33, 14:12-14). Do not take advantage of your hired laborer, pay them their wages when they need them to live on (Lev 19:13).
- Obey government laws as long as they donít conflict with Godís laws (Mk 12:14-17, Rom 13: 1-6, 1Pe 2:13-17)
- If we commit any sin (Eccl 7:20) we have committed them all (Ja 2:10).
Christ came to save sinners of whom I am worst (1Tim 1:15). But through the grace of Jesus Christ my sins are forgiven me (Rom 3:24). Poof they are gone and remembered no more (Heb 8:12).