Living A Righteous Life Among The Sinful
We are all sinners. That much we can all agree. The problem arises when we must try to live a righteous life in a world that takes sin for granted. From our elected officials to the protesters in the street, the idea of sin has become passe.
The world doesn’t want to acknowledge its sinfulness as being wrong because we are judging people based on their actions and we don’t know their situation. But God does judge and He is the one who determines what is and isn’t a sin.
Those of us who try our best to govern our lives by holy scripture and live according to the Ten Commandments, work at cultivating a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe freedom comes from giving ourselves over to Christ and we are motivated by love.
How often to we acquiesce to the morals of society when we should be remaining attentive to the presence of God in every part of our life?
What Does Cultivating Holiness Entail?
As devoted Christians, we must “Set our sights on things above – not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2). It is practicing our faith through prayer, supplication and reverence and feeding our soul through God’s word.
“In everything give thanks” (Thessalonians 5:17) is our call to be thankful to the One who provides everything we need. Whatever we do, it must come from a thankful heart. The power of thank you is something most of us take for granted but goes a long way in pushing us closer to God.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves.” ((Philippians 2:3) Loving others as ourselves is the second of God’s great commandments. While Jesus wants us to love Him with all our hearts, all our souls and all our being, He also wants us to love others in the same way. This gives our brothers and sisters importance in everything we do.
Learning To Embrace The Power Of God’s Word
Without God’s word, we would be a lost and lonely people. It is our job to “Hate what is evil and cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). God’s word is good! It is the mind of God and contains His will for each one of us. In Proverbs 30:5-6, it is written,“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
His words help us find the righteousness we need to live in purity. We find the plan for our life written in the words of the bible and “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Timothy 3:16-17
God’s word promises us eternal salvation but if we do not live by the word we shall surely die by it. Pastor Chip Ingram puts it succinctly when he writes, “The very foundation of our Christian faith is based on whether or not we trust the validity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the validity and authority of the Bible as Gods word.”
God’s word is a seed that is planted in our hearts and builds from a mustard seed to a bountiful harvest. Romans 10:10 states, “For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation”
God’s word gives life to us. We read it in John 6:63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
The power of God’s word is like medicine. It cures what ails us, brings it brings life to us and total healing to all parts of our body. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new – 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Benefits Of Righteous Living
What are the rewards of a righteous life?
The way we live our life determines whether we are blessed by God or cursed.
Here are 10 benefits that the righteous will enjoy for living a life based on God’s love.
1- What the righteous desire will be granted (Proverbs 10 : 24)
2- The righteous will rejoice in the fruit of their deeds (Isaiah 3 : 10)
3- The righteous are not lift alone in times of troubles (Psalms 34:17)
4- The righteous will not be forsaken by God (Psalms 37:25)
5- The righteous has eternal life (Matthew 25:46)
6- God wants to help with your burdens (Psalms 55:22)
7- Our inheritance is from God (Psalms 37:29)
8- It pleases God and fulfills His purposes for us (Philippians 2:13)
9- God Blesses The Home Of The Righteous (Proverbs 3:33)
10- God Blesses The Righteous With Joy (Prov 10:28)
When we live a righteous life, God will bless us from His bountiful nature. Not just in this life but in the life to come. It gives us full access to His promises. Righteousness does not comes from words but from our actions and through His love is made perfect in Jesus Christ
For you to live righteously in a sinful world, it takes plenty of faith and love but God has not left you alone in your pursuit. He has given us His word to strengthen our character, to open our hearts to all the possibilities of His love and has made it possible to live by grace in a world that hates good and tempts us with sinful behavior.
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.“ Proverbs 21:21
How do you go about living a righteous life?
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