By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: March 14, 2017
From Series: Hop, Skip, and a Jump
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
Most people have standards for what they will or will not do. We have societal norms. In the medical field there’s standard healthcare. Companies have standard operating procedures. Students take standardized tests. Why do we set standards? Why do we draw lines between the acceptable and the unacceptable? The answer to these questions may differ according to world-view. Some surmise that humans are basically good, and that the majority of people are kind and hardworking. They believe the status quo comes from the decency of mankind. Conversely, Christ followers understand that, in fact, the opposite is true—we are innately bad with only a modicum of natural goodness. The standard in our lives is the Bible.
Today’s verse provides the standard of God’s love for us—which is limitless and immeasurable. Because our hope is in Christ, our priorities and standards come from God’s principles, which we carry out through our commitments. The Bible also delineates God’s standard of holiness—perfection. Therefore, we know that we are natural born sinners incapable of meeting His standard. But because He so loved the world, He commissioned His only Son to step down from heaven to live perfectly, die sacrificially, and rise bodily; that whosoever believes in Him will receive eternal life. Jesus set us free from sin and death, and now when God sees us He sees the righteousness of Christ. So, God doesn’t expect us to live perfectly, but to live honorably with integrity. Our life standards are to love God, love others unconditionally, practice humility, seek purity, obey His commands, and share the love of Christ with the lost. Is that your standard operating procedure?
Father God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for my sins and rise again. Help me today to remain humble and guide me to love others as I love myself.
Do you have a life verse? If you don’t, consider selecting one as you read your Bible throughout the week. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a great place to start.
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