Or Christ’s Code of Conduct:

  • The BLESSED are those who (Matt 5:3-11):
    • Are poor in spirit
    • Mourn
    • Are gentle
    • Hunger and thirst for righteousness
    • Merciful
    • Pure in heart
    • Peacemakers
    • Have been insulted and persecuted for Jesus and righteousness’ sake
  • The FOLLOWERS of Jesus are (Matt 5:13-19; 6:19; 22-24):
    • The salt of the earth
    • The light of the world
    • Never to hoard valuables for this life (see WEALTH)
    • To control what they see or watch
  • In RELATIONSHIPS with folks (Matt 5:21-44; 7:12):
    • Do not get/stay angry
    • Be reconciled with them
    • Do not lust after them
    • Do not get divorced (except for cases of adultery)
    • Do not make oaths or swear by God, Heaven, or the earth (for that is evil because you have no authority to do so)
    • If someone asks you if you can do something, just say Yes or No
    • Do not return insult for insult
    • Give your belongings and/or time to those who ask for them
    • Love your enemies
    • Pray for those who persecute you
    • Treat people the same way you want to be treated
  • When you are TEMPTED (Matt 5:29):
    • Remove and/or get away from any triggers that would cause you to stumble
  • When you GIVE (Matt 6:1-4):
    • Don’t be a spiritual show off
    • Give in such a manner that no one knows that you’ve done it
  • When you PRAY (Matt 6:5-13; 33):
    • Do it in secret
    • Do not use meaningless repetition (Lord, Father, Father-God, God, etc.)
    • Be sure to:
      • Praise/worship God
      • Welcome His will
      • Ask for your needs
      • Ask for forgiveness
      • Ask to be spared from temptation and delivered from evil
    • Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and the things you need will be given to you
  • When you FAST (Matt 6:16-18):
    • Do it secretly so no one knows you’re doing it
  • With regard to WEALTH (Matt 6:19-21):
    • Don’t accumulate it
      • Accumulate heavenly wealth instead
    • You cannot serve God and wealth
  • With regard to DISCERNMENT (Matt 6:22-23; 7:6, 13-20):
    • Have a clear or “single” vision when it comes to God; see only Him in all things
    • Do not correct or give wisdom to a fool for those folks will trample wisdom and try to harm you in the end
    • The way to life is through a narrow gate; identify and walk through it
      • Identify and avoid the broad gate that leads to destruction
    • You will know false prophets by their conduct
  • With regard to WORRY (Matthew 6:25-34):
    • Don’t worry for that shows a lack of faith; God is in control
  • Don’t be a HYPOCRITE (Matthew 7:1-5):
    • Don’t judge someone when you are guilty of the same (or similar) thing
      • Correct your sin and then you can judge (in love)