“Some Forgotten Biblical Commandments”Categories: Christian Living, Encouragement, Joshuah Ellis, Theology
It is easy to open your Bible and find all of the “thou shalt nots” therein. I know I am not supposed to lie. I know I’m not supposed to steal or kill. As a Christian, I know I am supposed to behave a certain way. I am going to step out on a limb and say that if you are reading this blog, then you know this too.
However, I also know there are some commands and prohibitions in the Bible, which are equally as essential for the Christian yet, they aren’t always discussed or observed with the same zeal as their more obvious cousins. The following are a few of the biblical commands, which are a bit more easily overlooked.
1. Kindness (Colossians 3:12) Granted, more than kindness is mentioned in this passage and I am certainly not implying that kindness is something all Christians struggle with. However, would you say that kindness and the other virtues mentioned here are as important as not murdering someone? I suspect many would not. Sure murder and kindness are different on a social scale. However, God’s commands are all essential for a life that is pleasing to Him.
2. Temperance (James 1:19) Again we are talking about a characteristic that seems less significant than some. And Christians are certainly affected by their emotions just like any other person. But, do we sometimes excuse our intemperate behavior because we don’t consider commands like this to be as substantial?
3. Evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20) Here is something we all know is important. Yet, are we really working to fulfill this command in our lives? I can be easy to assume that we are evangelizing just by being Christians. Sure, your influence is important, but it is not the same as talking to people about the Gospel. If you are not individually active in your pursuit of evangelism can you really stand in confidence that you are striving to serve God to the best of your ability?
4. Honor (1 Peter 2:12) Honor is something that often sounds more like a positive virtue more than a spiritual responsibility. The reason I say this is because there is often an absence of honor when Christians interact with non-Christians. Don’t believe me? Log on to Facebook or another social media platform. Whether the topic is religion, politics, sports or something else, Christians are far too comfortable posting insensitive, unkind and downright sinful content. Remember why your conduct is to be honorable in this context. It is so that you may have influence and potentially lead someone else to Jesus.
5. Love (1 John 4:7)Of course, I know you know that love is an essential part of being a Christians. I don’t suggest this as a forgotten command because I think that Christians disagree with this. I do wonder, however, if we sometimes forget to implement this as we should. Sometimes, it is easier to talk about and feel love than it is to actually show it. Don’t let this happen to you. Pursue love for one another and understand that in order to do this, an action is necessary.
I’m sure I could have listed many more biblical commands that could be considered “forgotten.” What are some commands that you would add to this list? Mention them in the comments section below.
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