R is for Righteous. Dictionary.com defines righteous as ‘acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous.’ In several places, the Bible declares that God is a righteous God. As His followers, we are to be like Him; therefore, we too are to be characterized by uprightness and morality.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3b, NKJV)
But you, O man of God, flee these things [the love of money which leads to all kinds of evil and trouble] and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11)
Righteousness doesn’t come to us naturally. Look around at this world we live in and you will see all sorts of unrighteousness as people are led by the ‘flesh’ (the ‘if it feels good, do it’ mentality). We can only be upright and moral if Christ lives in us and we let Him have His way. As the Good Book tells us:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
How do we recognize those who belong to God, apart from their love for others?
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. (1 John 2:29)
And what is our reward for practicing righteousness?
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions. (Hebrews 1:9)
We have a deep-seated joy that onlookers cannot understand.
Today’s prayer: God, thank You that we don’t have to depend on our own righteousness to get through life, but Christ lives in us to enable upright, moral, godly living. Thank You for the gift of salvation, given freely to us, but bought with a costly price. Anoint us with the oil of gladness that all might see You at work in us and be drawn to You.
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