God has designed a special one way course for this race called life.  In order to truly know him (in this life as well as in the one to come) we must follow the course he has set. All races have rules, and life is no exception.  Someone once asked Jesus (the Ultimate Endurance Athlete) which rules were the most important.  He responded, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk 12:30-31 NIV)

In other words, we are to always love God and others perfectly.  Do we always do that?  Do we consistently speak and act exactly as we should?  Let’s be real.  We’ve all had improper thoughts, told little “white” lies, done the wrong thing, or refrained from doing what we knew was right.  The truth is, we all fall short, and the Bible says that “whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. “(Jas 2:10 NIV)  We may not have ever committed murder in the legal sense, but if we even had hateful thoughts towards someone, we’re still guilty of violating God’s law.

Unlike most earthly races, we are not judged based on our performance as compared to someone else.  God alone sets the standard that we must judge all of our thoughts and actions by, and his perfect standard is too high for anyone to meet on their own.  So what happens when we fail to meet that standard? CONTINUE

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