Sometime there are single words that flies out from a text and affects the whole meaning. King Solomon received the throne of Israel from his father David. In First Kings chapter three it says “Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he… (vs.3) In the original the word except means emaciated, lean, or thin. His devotion was not full or complete. It was thin. We love to hide behind these single words or phrases. “Well, we are all sinners. Nobody’s perfect.” Now, that is true. We know that no one is perfect. We all have a sinful nature and struggle with temptation and sin. The rich grace of God in Christ calls us to turn again, receive forgiveness, and a new beginning in life. We rejoice in our new life in Christ daily. The problem is when we lean on phrases (excuses) like nobody’s perfect, we lower the standard. Our standard is always God’s holiness, the very nature of Jesus Christ. We do fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 6:23) but we do not try to bring the glory of God down to our level. We do not say I am doing all this except… therefore I’m acceptable to God. The only way we are acceptable to God is in the righteousness of Jesus Christ which He freely gives us at the cross. The standard is never lowered, but we can stand before God in the white robe of Christ’s righteousness.