The Clear, Simple, Practical Commands that Jesus Tells Us to Obey


 Jesus told his apostles to make new disciples and teach them to obey everything he had commanded (Matthew 28:20). 

This is a list of those commands.  They are very simple and very practical.  The commands are grouped under two headings – Love God and Love others.

Love God

  • Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. (Matthew 22:34-38; Mark 12:28-30; Luke 10:25-27)

  • Don’t do things because you want to impress other people.  Do them because you want to serve God. (Matthew 6:1-18)

  • Humble yourselves. (Matthew 18:4; Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14; )

  • Follow Jesus. Don’t wonder about other people. (John 21:20-22)

  • Pray (Matthew 6:5-14)

  • Don't worry.  God knows what you need.  (Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:28-30; Luke 12:22-32)

  • Don't trust earthly treasures. Trust God.  (Matthew 6:19-21; Matthew 6:24; Luke 12:33-34)


Love others

  • Love your neighbour the same way that you love yourself (Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-37)

  • Love each other - it is by your love for each other that the world will know that you are Jesus' disciples. (John 13:34-35)

  • Love your enemies.  Pray for those that persecute you. (Matthew 5:43-45)

  • Treat others the same way that you would like to be treated yourself.  (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31)

  • If someone has done something that upsets or offends you, go and talk to them about it.  If they won’t listen to you, take someone else with you and try again. (Matthew 18:16)

  • If you know that you have done something to upset or offend someone else – go to them and sort it out. (Matthew 5:23-24)

  • Be merciful. (Luke 6:36)

  • Don’t judge others. (Matthew 7:1-2; Luke 6:37)

  • Serve each other. (Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:43-45)

  • Teach new disciples to obey everything that Jesus commanded His disciples. (Matthew 28:20)

  • Do more for others than they ask of you. (Matthew 5:39:42)

  • Forgive others. (Matthew 6:14-15)

  • Don't take an oath – let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’. (Matthew 5:34-37)