God’s Standard

Written by Charles Gee

September 23, 2019

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
– Matthew 22:36-40

The Bible says, love the Lord with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul. The second (rule) is, love your neighbor as you’d love yourself. It doesn’t say love your neighbor (if they’re) from the same religion. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they’re the same color as you. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they pull for the same team as you. It doesn’t say love your neighbor if they’re the same gender as you. (It doesn’t say) love your neighbor if they have the same sexuality as you. It just says, love your neighbor as you’d love yourself. If we all lived by that in this country, we wouldn’t have near the problems we have.” Quotes like this have helped Coach Dabo Swinney win over a nation of fans.

As head football coach at Clemson University, Swinney has led the Tigers to five ACC Championships and two National Championships. He is the recipient of three Bear Bryant Awards which go to the college football coach of the year and has established himself as one of the nation’s elite coaches. Coach Dabo Swinney has always been open and bold in sharing his faith. At times, he has come under attack for being too open, but Swinney has never apologized for the fact that he is a Christ follower. In regards to his faith, Swinney takes a warrior mentality. His faith is the foundation for his thinking and how he lives his life. He has never backed down from his faith and his convictions. As coaches who strive to live for Jesus, we must be just as relentless!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word which speaks to us simply, yet so profound. Help me to live boldly for You today and every day. Amen.

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