1. Go to church
2. Dress properly in church
3. Pray 5x a day
4. Work on Sunday
5. Have sex before marriage
I am not sure I would break it into the absolutely essential. I would look into the why behind them. However, I am not convinced that God cares so much about how you dress for church or so much about the number of times you pray.
To love God first and foremost, then to love others. John 13:34 would be the message from Jesus concerning topic of Love: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you, that ye also love one another”. God loved us so much that He sent His only son to die for us. In all our sin and brokenness Jesus bore it all , because we couldn’t. I believe that not judging others is so important. There are people who are hard to love, they push you to your limits, but I believe we have to pray for them to accept Jesus as their Savior, and then His love will shine through. I do my best to be mindful of those who do not have that love within them and pray for them. Meanwhile, I pray for myself to learn to love like Jesus did. My wonderful teacher ( my dad, who passed away this past July) left me with John 13:34 to remember. He knew I would have a hard time dealing with my family after his passing. In the same way that Jesus left that message to the world on his deathbed, my dad reminded me of that passage on his. It speaks volumes to me ! And… it resonates deeply with me in so many situations. My parents tombstone was already set when my dad passed ( my mother passed in 2009) so, we wanted to have their favorite scriptures etched on it. A few weeks ago the man came to do the work. I stood at my parents graves and watched those scriptures come to life and “speak to me” as the man etched that scripture in. What a Blessing it is to have godly parents. What a legacy they left me, teaching me about Jesus Christ. What an assurance to know they are in Glory with their God ( My God ) and what a comfort to know I can be there with them too. We are called to Love. Love changes Everything. The Love of Jesus changes Hearts, minds and Lives.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love the Lord with all of your heart and mind. Love your neighbor as yourself. Be compassionate with those that don’t know Jesus, rejoice in the truth, bear all things, believe all things of God. Essential ones are love the Lord with all of your heart and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. This is where real love starts.
Do not envy, do not boast, do not be prideful, do not be selfish, do not provoke, do not hold a grudge. These are not real love as defined by Jesus.