Keeping All of the Commands…Really?

Keeping all the Commands of Jesus…Really? Who? You gotta be kidding me!

Surely none of us actually believe that we are “keeping all of the commandments” of God…precisely or otherwise! This would mean that:

I always do unto others as I would have them do unto me (Matt. 7:12).
I am perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect (Matt. 5:48).
I do not do any complaining (Phil. 2:14).
I do not worry about anything (Phil. 4:6).
I always bring every thought into obedience to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
I have quit all sinning (1 Jn. 1:8; 2:1).
I always control the desires of my body (eating etc.) (1 Cor. 6:12).
I always take care my physical body (exercising, etc) (1 Cor. 6:20).
I always refrain from speaking evil of brethren (James 4:11).
I always esteem others better than myself (Phil. 2:3).
I always look out for the interests of others (Phil. 2:4).
I always make “every effort” to add virtue (2 Pet. 1:5a).
I always make “every effort” to add knowledge (2 Pet. 1:5b).
I always make “every effort” to add self-control (2 Pet. 1:6a)
I always make “every effort” to add perseverance (2 Pet. 1:6b).
I always make “every effort” to add godliness (2 Pet. 1:6c).
I always make “every effort” to add brotherly kindness (2 Pet. 1:7a).
I always make “every effort” to add love (2 Pet. 1:7b).
I never show partiality (James 2:1).
I am always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58).
I always obey every law of man…especially traffic laws (1 Peter 2:13).
I always tell the truth and nothing but the truth (Eph. 4:25).
I always lend to others expecting nothing in return (Lk. 6:35a).
I always honor all people (1 Peter 2:17a).
I always honor the king/ruler/president (1 Peter 1:17b).
I always “bear with” brethren (Eph. 4:2).
I always walk as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6).
I always take in strangers at every opportunity (Matt. 25:43a).
I always turn the other cheek (Matt. 5:39).
I always go the second mile (Matt. 5:41).
I always visit those in prison (Matt. 25:42b).
I always invite strangers and poor people to dinner (Lk. 14:12-13).
I always pursue things that make for peace (Rom. 15:19).
I always think on things that are true (Phil. 4:8a)
I always think on things that are noble (Phil. 4:8b).
I always think on things that are just (Phil. 4:8c)
I always think on things that are pure (Phil. 4:8d).
I always think on things that are lovely (Phil. 4:8e).
I always think on things that are of good report (Phil 4:8f).
I always visit those who are sick as I have opportunity (Matt. 25:43c)
I always remember the poor (Gal. 2:10).
I always take care of orphans (James 1:27a).
I always take care of widows (James 1:27b)
I always pray for all men (1 Tim. 2:1).
I always pray for all rulers (1Tim. 2:2)
I always give to those who ask me (Matt. 5:42).
I always pray with understanding (1 Cor. 14:15a).
I always sing with understanding (1 Cor. 14:15b).
I always rejoice as I should (1 Thess. 5:22).
I always do good to them that hate me (Matt. 5:44a).
I always bless them that curse me (Matt. 5:44b).
I always pray for them that despitefully use me (Matt. 5:44c).
I always accept others as Christ does me (Rom. 15:7)
I always love my neighbor as myself (Matt. 22:39).
I always love my enemies as I should (Matt. 5:44).
I never let the sun go down on my anger (Eph. 4:26).
I always rejoice with those who rejoice (Rom. 12:15a).
I always weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15b).
I always love without any hypocrisy (Rom. 12:9).
I always do what I know is good to do (James 4:17).
I always honor to whom honor is due (Rom. 13:7).
I always rejoice when I am persecuted (Matt. 5:12).
I always agree with my adversary quickly (Matt. 5:25).
I always lend to those who want to borrow from me (Matt. 5:42).
I always love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matt. 22:37).
I always count it all joy when I fall into various trials (James 1:2).
I always ask God for wisdom without any doubt (James 1:6).
I am always tenderhearted in dealing with others (1 Peter 3:8b).
I am always kind to others (Eph. 4:32).
I am always as humble as possible (James 5:10).
I am always as patient as possible (James 5:8).
I am always as content as I can possibly be (Heb. 13:5).
I am always as thankful as I can possibly be (1 Thess. 5:18).
I am always kind to the evil (Lk. 6:35b).
I am always courteous to others on every occasion (1 Peter 3:8c).
I am always fervent in spirit (Rom. 12:11).
I am always patient in tribulation (Rom. 12:12).
I always bless those who persecute me (Rom. 12:14).
I always give preference to others in every situation (Rom. 12:10).
I always resist the devil (1 Peter 5:9).
I always help brethren in need (1 John 3:17)
I always “rejoice” (1 Thess. 5:16; Phil. 4:4).
I give “no offense” to others (1 Cor. 10:32).
I always try to please all men when possible (1 Cor. 10:33).
I always discipline my body (1 Cor. 12:27a).
I always keep my body in subjection ( 1 Cor. 12:27b).
I always observe communion as I should (1 Cor. 11:24-25).
I always give as I have prospered (1 Cor. 16:1-2).
I always test all things (1 Thess. 5:21; Phil. 4:4).
I always abstain from the appearance of evil on all occasions (1 Thess. 5:22).
I always try to restore those who sin (Eph. 6:1).
I always speak grace to others (Eph. 4:29).
I always walk in wisdom toward non-Christians (Col. 4:5)
I always keep myself alert in prayer with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2).
I always suffer patiently (1 Peter 2:20).
I always abstain from all fleshly desires (1 Peter 2:11).
I always hasten the coming of Jesus (2 Pet. 3:12).
I always do good to all as I have opportunity (Gal. 6:10).
I always make the most of every opportunity (Eph. 5:15).
And on and on and on the list could go. (Never complain, worry, envy, get mad and say things I shouldn’t, etc).
As a Christian I do not always “do” any number of these things depending on my mood and the circumstances I am in at the time. In fact, I do not always even “want” to do some of the things. But I do “want” to “want” to do them! I would like to be perfect. I would like to always do and say the right things. I would like to be exactly like Jesus. He is my idol. He is my hero. He is the one I look up to. He is the one I try to imitate. He is my example. I try to follow His steps but His “steps” are so perfect and so straight that a weak, wretched, evil, sinful person like me just cannot get it done. I simply cannot “walk the straight and narrow” like He did and do all the things that He wants me to do and say. In my “striving against sin”…I often lose more than I win (Heb. 12:4). Remember this: No one actually does the “very best they can.” We are all human. We are all weak. We are all sinful. We can all say with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death” (Rom. 7:24). Therefore, I must always keep in mind that Jesus is not only my example, my hero, and my idol, but most importantly, He is my Savior. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway

A related article: Precision Obedience

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