“Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another.”
Paul of Tarsus
Even those who do not accept Jesus’ divinity seem willing to acknowledge him as a great moral teacher (though to do so is logically impossible). A great teacher is one who can distill a seemingly complicated truth into its essence and present it in simple language that even the unsophisticated listener can understand.
Here in the words of Jesus is the essence of the gospel.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, this is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Repent of your moral failure. Go to Jesus for forgiveness. Everything you do thereafter, do as if doing it to/for God. Threat others as you would like to be treated.
Simple—until you try to do it on your own. Then, you discover performance is more difficult than profession. However, with God, neither is impossible. Thomas once asked how to walk this gospel road’
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.”
Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, heed the truth he preached, and share in his life, and you have found true friendship with the Creator.