As we begin a new year, it can be overwhelming to consider all the commands in scripture that we are to obey. Therefore, here are a few simple commands that we can focus on as we begin a new year.

Here are 7 simple commands to focus on as a goal each day in the new year:

  1. Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind 
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself
  3. Fear God
  4. Keep God’s commandments 
  5. Do justly 
  6. Love mercy
  7. Walk humbly with thy God

These commands come from 3 verses that describe all-encompassing themes that if we focus on then we will serve God in an acceptable way.

  • The greatest & second commandment (Matt. 22:36-40)
  • The whole duty of man (Eccl. 12:13)
  • What does the Lord require of thee (Micah 6:8)

The Greatest & Second Commandment

Matt. 22:36-40 – [36] Master, which is the great commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Rom. 13:8-10 – [8] Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. [9] For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [10] Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 Tim. 1:5 – [5] Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

The Whole Duty of Man

Eccl. 12:13 – [13] Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

What Does the Lord Require of Thee?

Micah 6:8 – [8] He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?


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