Commandments – What Did Lord Jesus Christ actually Command?
Some of His Beautiful-Perfection-Commands are listed in Verses below:
1) Matthew 25:35 —> Welcome a ‘money-less’ stranger.
2) Matthew 25:35 —> Share food with ‘any hungry’ person.
3) ‘Love your neighbor’ refer to ‘Samaritan/Jew enemies’ in Luke 10:19 – 37.
4) Give to any who is thirsty (Matthew 25:35).
5) The Rule to be greatest is to serve all with the capacity they have to ‘be last, not first’ (a relative measure, Mark 9:35).
6) Give to anyone who ask of you and don’t ask back (Luke 6:30) and also don’t expect anything back even toward enemies (Luke 6:35).
But Christians (including me) are not really doing it being hypocrites, right?
Yes. Very few have ‘really’ fulfilled these commands, bravo to them.
The weakness of Christians not being able to do it shows our imperfections when measured against God’s Perfect Commands of Love as listed in each Verse above.
Our reward or position in heaven will be determined also by how much each individual fulfills His Commandments (including these which apply toward ‘all men’, while some commands are gender or Jew-Gentile specific Matthew 5:19, Acts 21:24 – 25) which are relatively measured too according to what’s given (Mark 12:43, Luke 12:48) .
Thus the quote below makes sense:
“I like your Christ, but I don’t like you Christians” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mr. Gandhi is right in saying the above because the Christians around him were mostly ‘colonial opppresers’ with few good ones doing Charity & Missionary work in the midst of these.
P/S: How do we deal with the attitude of people who don’t wish to change from their bad ways?
Example of ‘bad ways’: from simple things like ‘dressing too sexily in public’ (against Proverbs 7:10, 1 Timothy 2:9) to serious offenses such as ‘hating other human beings’ (1 John 3:15, 1 John 2:11).
So, how to deal with ‘them’?
Simple: Forgive them regardless (Matthew 6:14, Matthew 5:7).
Pointing out an error is not Judging as Christ pointed out many sins of others too but on earth, He Chose to Forgive (He set the example) as say in Verse below:
“They said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:4, 5, 7,10 – 11, NASB)
Logic: By accusing them of their sins when they’re wrong, few can change
“Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” (Proverbs 9:8, NASB)
Many people speak of ‘unconditional love’ and ‘practice unconditional love’ in situations that doesn’t affect them directly especially in the most intimate aspects of their life.
What’s the Purpose of all these?
Here’s a challenge to any Christian preaching ‘unconditional love’:
Will you forgive your spouse ‘just like that’ if she was caught in adultery as Christ demonstrated in John 8:11 in Principle?
Or would you choose to leave such a spouse in a divorce or separation (Matthew 19:9)?
Yes, these are ‘available choices’ (in His Commands) according to ‘our ability to Practice True Unconditional Love’.
Please note that Biblical Definition of “adultery” includes ‘dressing sexily in public or in body revealing outfits’ since one is enticing another person sexually (only such a woman would desire such dressing, it’s obvious psychologically too, Proverbs 7:10, 1 Timothy 2:9) as the Verse below goes:
“but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:28, NASB)
If you can, you’re following Christ toward the Last ‘Perfection’ of ‘Agape-the-Greatest-Love’ (1 Corinthians 13).
‘When you can forgive the greatest sins done against you, you have attained a Glimpse of Agape’
Someone prayed “God, please give me True Love”.
Be careful ‘what you wish for’. Why?
God Answered by giving him a wife who has been ‘used’ prior by many men.
His friend asked, ‘why would you marry such a person?’
He replied, ‘Isn’t that demonstrating True Love toward one’s spouse in an unconditional way?’
‘Also, if God is not going to hold her sin on earth unless she continues at her own risk (e. g. John 8:11), why should I?
Best is, here is a chance to Fulfill a Commandment of Unconditional Love that very few can ever actually practice beyond preaching it only;
so, why waste your life in unforgiveness reaping hurt, jealousy and putting the spouse first?
Instead, the best proof of God-Only-First Truly is when theirs sins don’t matter anymore & you Love (Agape) them regardless with “no conditions”.’
“God is Love” (1 John 4:8).
‘Practice the Love which is Impossible for most without Sacrificing God’s Commands in your personal life’ – Anonymous
Some holy religious Christian remarked,
‘That is twisting Scripture like Satan because NO such Bible example exists’
The Wise Man replied, Here is an ACTUAL Example Depicting this BIBLICAL EXAMPLE to ‘those who can do it’:
(i) Faithful Prophet Hosea is called to Marry a Prostitute by YHWH
“When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He told him, “Go, take a prostitute as your wife and have children of adultery, because this land is flagrantly prostituting itself by departing from the LORD.” (Hosea 1:2, BSB)
Please note that this is the ‘first’ thing the LORD (YHWH) Spoke to Prophet Hosea at the Beginning of his ministry as the word “first” in Verse above reveals.
(ii) Prophet Hosea LOVED his PROSTITUTE WIFE though SHE HAD SEX (prostituting) with OTHER MAN AFTER MARRIAGE ALSO which proves in analogy, ‘God’s Unconditional Love’:
“Then the LORD said to me, “Go show love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and offer raisin cakes.” (Hosea 3:1, BSB)
You cannot do it? That’s your ‘limited love’.
Love Wins and that’s why ‘True Love is the Greatest’ (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Peace to you
Please notice the Context of Consecutive Verses to understand God’s Hidden Wisdom (Verses next in image):