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The Difference Between Commands & Recommendations.

Jesus imparted many commands and recommendations to His followers throughout His ministry. His commands were meant to be obeyed without hesitation or reservation, while His recommendations were meant to be taken as wise counsel but were not mandatory.


Commands:

Repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:15)

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30)

Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31)

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20)

Love one another as Jesus has loved you (John 13:34-35)

Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him (Mark 8:34-35)

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, but store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21)

Jesus meant His commands as non-negotiable directives, each serving as a fundamental principle of the Christian faith. Obedience to these commands showcases our adherence to Christ and willingness to follow Him above all else.

Recommendations:

Give to the poor and needy (Luke 12:33, Matthew 19:21)

Pray, fast, and give to others in secret (Matthew 6:1-18)

Turn the other cheek when faced with insult or injury (Matthew 5:39)

Bless those who curse you and do good to those who hate you (Matthew 5:44)

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself (Matthew 6:34)

Forgive those who have wronged you (Matthew 18:21-22)

Treat others as you would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12)


Jesus meant his recommendations to be taken as sage advice, grounded in His perfect wisdom and love for His disciples. These recommendations encourage us to love God and others more deeply and to pursue a life marked by holiness and love.

In summary, while Jesus' commands are compulsory for His followers, His recommendations are offered as guidance to help us grow in our relationship with God and others. His commands reveal his character, instructions, and Salvation path. His recommendations aid us in developing a character in line with God's will. Therefore, we must obey His commands and follow His recommendations as they help us align our lives with God's Kingdom.

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