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We continue learning about “righteousness”. Think of a high jump bar. If you get over the bar, you’re good. You’re “righteous”. If you don’t, you’ve failed.

“But be holy in all you do, just as God, the One who called you, is holy. It is written in the Scriptures: “You must be holy, because I am holy.” I Peter 1:15,16. That is the “high jump bar” God gives us. God never sins. We must not.

The problem is, we do things we know we shouldn’t do. We don’t do things we should do. Both are sins. We all do these things.

Which means we’re stuck. None of us are as good as God requires. Now what?

Jesus. Jesus was not a “good man”. He is 100% God and 100% human. The Son of God became a human. He experienced the same things you and I experience. Only one thing was different. Jesus never did anything wrong. Jesus always did the right thing. Jesus was holy. Jesus was righteous.

And then Jesus died on the cross for us. He took our punishment. With Jesus in your heart, God does not see your sins. God see Jesus. And then God accepts you, adopts you into His family.

We don’t try hard to be righteous because we want to buy God’s love. That’s impossible. We know we are forgiven because of Jesus. Because we are forgiven, we want to please God. That’s a big difference.

What about you? Trying to buy God’s love? Do you have God’s love through Jesus and now are trying to live God’s way?