The Beatitudes feel like commandments to me. "Blessed are" seems to me a mandate to action:(Without looking, here's what I remember)
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God;
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice sake, for they shall be satisfied
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
Christ's words to "forgive 7 x 70" also seem to be a commandment. And the one absolutely no one wants to follow, especially the wealthy, is the call to action: "sell all you have and come follow me".
In addition, the corporal works of mercy are powerful in their directives: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick, bury the dead. Again, modern day Evangelical Christians who love the Old Testament, seem, at least to me, to like to avoid mention of the the first 3 in their politics, opting instead to ascribe blame to those in need.