A PERFECT STANDARD OF MORAL EXCELLENCY
“Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37.
How did the world’s Redeemer walk?—Not in a way to please Himself simply, but to glorify God by working the works of God in uplifting fallen man who had been made in the image of God. By precept and example, He taught men the way of righteousness, representing the character of God, and giving to the world a perfect standard of moral excellency in humanity. The two grand precepts of the law are to regulate the conduct of all humanity. This was the lesson that Jesus taught by both precept and example. He said to the people, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and … thy neighbour as thyself.” The Lord God of heaven requires of human intelligences supreme love and worship.
Let the human agent compare his life with the life of Christ…. Let him imitate the example of Him who lived out the law of Jehovah, who said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments.” Those who follow Christ will be continually looking into the perfect law of liberty, and through the grace given them by Christ, will fashion the character according to the divine requirements. –Sons and Daughters of God, p. 137.
The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitor side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages. To the obedient it is a wall of protection. We behold in it the goodness of God, who by revealing to men the immutable principles of righteousness, seeks to shield them from the evils that result from transgression. –Selected Messages, book 1, p. 235.