In this post, we are going to be featuring a guest blogger, Thabiso, from almahsallegory, who is joining to add her own take on the current topic, which is God’s gift of righteousness. Her blog is tagged as a place where sinners are not judged but helped, and she blogs about Spirituality and how to be an effective Christian in this time we live in. Do make sure to check out her blog to find out more.
How to achieve righteousness in 1 easy step
Step 1 – YOU LITERALLY CAN’T.
And having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.Romans 6:18
A lot of times growing up I have heard sermons in the church where we were taught how to be righteous or how to achieve a state of righteousness, and if we are being honest it was unattainable.
There is a bible verse that says that “He has given us all the things we require for life” – righteousness included. When we receive Jesus into our lives we receive the gift of righteousness, with the only requirement for it being FAITH. It is by our faith we are made righteous. Our faith determines our relationship with God. I like to think of it as oxygen, it’s there because you are alive hence you can breathe – so it is, we believe in Jesus and His righteousness is a plus gift.
For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.Romans 10:10
Under the Law, righteousness was achieved by following what the law said but under the grace, Jesus came to fulfill the Law that we may live a blameless righteous life. In the OT, death was the ultimate punishment for those that deviated from the law; Jesus fulfilled that death, that we may gain life. Through his death, we were made righteous. From the Old Testament, God continues to show that none of are capable of being righteous on their own, but He gives us the gift of righteousness because we have faith in Him.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.Romans 5:17
Several Psalms and many Proverbs divide all of humanity into 2 groups: the righteous and the wicked. Certainly, in the entire Bible, righteousness is a matter of relationship – a relationship of FAITH. Righteous people are not perfect. Righteous people are simply people who relate rightly to God. Take a look at church leaders, they relate to the Lord but they do have flaws. Not like what we are taught, that righteousness = zero sin, that is impossible.
A righteous man is one who has faith in the God of Heaven and strives to live an obedient life. The righteous relate rightly to God because they recognize God as God. The righteous relate rightly to God by seeking to know God and to obey God. But the wicked reject God and His ways.
Likewise, wicked people do not relate rightly to God. The wicked reject God because the wicked want to be their own gods. And the wicked reject God’s ways because the wicked want to do things their own way. Among other things, Psalm 37 recognizes the frustrating reality that sometimes it looks like the wicked often prosper, while the righteous often suffer. The righteous try to live God’s way. The wicked reject God and live their own way. And yet the wicked sometimes seem to have it better than the righteous but that is only for a moment because only things that are born of God last, if it is not of God or born of God it won’t last.
More often than not as humans we relate to the ways of the wicked but; be rest assured that there is no reward in wickedness. I have heard people ask what the point of righteousness is when the evil ones are the ones that prosper. The devil who “blesses’ the wicked gives so he can take away from you so there is no point in that. The book of Romans speaks well on the matter of righteous and I believe we all ought to read it and understand the concept of righteousness.
Psalm 34: 19: Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
So there you have it guys, what do you think about her take on the topic? Comment down below and share your thoughts.
A special thanks to Thabiso for sharing with us what she learnt about righteousness. If you liked this post, do make sure to check out her blog to see more of her work at almahsallegory. And you can check out her twitter – @chamangwizah