Weekend Thought by Barry Moult

If you have listened to the news over the last few months, you will have heard a lot about standards.

Standards in banking, NHS, food production and education (just to name a few).

Do standards matter in the age in which we live in? The answer is obviously yes.

There are standards in every walk of life. They are there for a reason and we are expected to keep and live by those standards, but let’s be honest, none of us has ever kept the standards 100 per cent of the time.

We have all failed to meet the required standard set by God (the Bible calls it sin).

In the Old Testament, it says: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”.

They ignored the standards set for them. The consequences were a disaster for them and the society they lived in.

The Bible gives us the standard of what is right and wrong.

We see in a court of law the witness puts their hand on the Bible and says: “I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth ...”

The Bible is the authoritative standard of right and wrong.

The Lord Jesus is the only one who lived to the standard set by God: “In him, there is no sin.”

We might not like standards God has set for us, keeping God’s laws and commands.

Psalm 119:160: “Thy word is true from the beginning, and every one of your righteous judgements endure for ever”.