Pack of 10 Tracts
What is the hardest commandment in the Bible?
Is the most difficult command in Scripture to love your neighbor as yourself? (Luke 10:27). To be pure in heart? (Matthew 5:8). To wait for sex till marriage? (1 Corinthians 6:18). To be baptized for the remission of sins? (Acts 2:38). To love your enemy? (Matthew 5:44).
These can be daunting challenges to many of us, but none is the hardest. The most difficult command is found in Acts 17:30: "God . . . now commandeth all men every where to repent." American Bible scholar J. W. McGarvey said that if God were giving special miraculous gifts today, he would not ask God for the gift of healing, prophecy, or tongues. Rather he would ask for the power, above everything else, to cause men to repent. People do not change their minds or lives very easily. Since repentance involves both, it is challenging. Further, repentance implies one is on the wrong path (Luke 13:3), and none of us wants to admit to being wrong.