Posts Tagged ‘Righteousness

22
Sep
17

Righteousness And Love

When you become a follower of Jesus, God the Father adopts you into His family of faith. When you are born again, you become a child of God. There are two ways that we change when we become God’s children. John wrote:

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. – 1 John 3:9-10 (NIV)

Righteousness and love are two of the distinguishing characteristics of God’s children. If you are a child of God, your life will be marked by doing the right things and loving people. Think about these things as you move about through your day today.
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21
Sep
17

God’s Children Do What Is Right

Whose image are you reflecting in your life? Are you reflecting God or the evil one? John wrote:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:7-8 (NIV)

When we do the right things, our lives are characterized by righteousness and we reflect Jesus for He is righteous. Those whose lives are characterized by sin reflect the devil for the devil does what is sinful. We who follow Jesus have had our many sins forgiven. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to do what is right. If you haven’t trusted Jesus for forgiveness yet, your sins are not forgiven and are not a child of God. What are you waiting for? Trust Jesus for salvation and forgiveness and become a child of God.
20
Sep
17

Continuing To Sin

To know Jesus is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. If we live lives that are characterized by sin and disobedience, do we really know and love Him? John wrote:

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. – 1 John 3:6 (NIV)

These sound like scary words, right? I don’t know about you, but I still sin and fall short. So do I not know Him? Am I not living in Him? I believe that the idea that John has in mind here is a life characterized by sin. Is your life more characterized by sin or by repentance and righteousness? Every single one of us has sin in our lives. We’re not perfect and we know it. God does, too. That’s why He sent Jesus. He is the One who can deal with our sin by forgiving it. When we realize what He’s done for us, we will desire to sin less and love Him more.
19
Sep
17

He Came To Take Away Our Sin

Jesus never sinned in any way. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true! John wrote:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. – 1 John 3:4-5 (NIV)

Since Jesus never sinned, He was able to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sin of the world. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus came to take away our sin and to make us right with God. Since Jesus died for our sins, we are free from the consequences of our sin and lawlessness. We no longer stand condemned because of our sin, but instead, Jesus has set us free and we are free indeed. Live in that freedom today knowing that you have been forgiven.
13
Sep
17

Reflecting Our Father

There are two definitions of righteousness that we need to know. First, you can be declared right with God by His grace through faith in Jesus. Second, to be righteous is to do the right things. That second definition is what John has in view here. He wrote:

If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him. – 1 John 2:29 (NIV)

Jesus did the right things all of the time. He never sinned in any way. He was the perfect Son of God. When we do the right things, we show that we have been born of God. Have you ever seen a child misbehaving and thought, “What is wrong with his parents?” Have you ever seen a child acting up and said to yourself, “Why don’t her parents do something?” Our behavior reflects on our parents. As children of God, our behavior reflects our relationship with our Father. If we truly know who we are and to whom we belong, we’ll strive to live lives of righteousness for He is righteous.
02
Aug
17

More Than A Sacrifice

When it comes to life, we need to not only focus on our vertical relationship with God, but also on our horizontal relationships with others. We can’t have one without the other. Solomon said that God is more concerned with righteousness (vertical) and justice (horizontal) than He is with what we give to His Kingdom through sacrifice. This is what Solomon wrote:

To do what is right and just
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – ​Proverbs 21:3 (NIV)

The prophet Hosea said something similar:

…I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. – Hosea 6:6 (NIV)

We can get so wrapped up in outward shows of religion (sacrifices and offerings) that we forget to let God transform us from the inside out. Relationships are more important than legalism. Let Jesus transform your heart before you try to impress Him with your tithes and offerings. God isn’t saying, “Don’t give.” He’s saying, “Let everything you do come from a transformed heart.”
22
Jun
17

Prayers And Confession

Good Thursday morning to you! We need to pray faith-filled prayers. Too often we doubt the Lord when it comes to our prayers. James says:

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:15-16 (NIV)

We also need to confess our sins to one another in order to hold each other accountable. I think that we’re afraid of confession because we’re afraid of judgment and condemnation. If we’ll love each other as we love ourselves, we won’t judge each other. Instead, we will encourage each other and help each other overcome sins and struggles in order to live lives of righteousness. Our prayers will be more effective and we’ll see God’s power unleashed in our lives to an even greater degree.



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