Truth of love: Righteousness
We can’t do enough to be righteous within ourselves but in, with and through the shed blood of the Messiah, the Christ, we are made righteous and are to walk on the path of righteousness (Psalm 23) that we are led to. Only Yeshua/Jesus is perfect and without sin, but when our spirit is truly born again, our faith will soar as we renew our mind with the word of God and follow righteousness.
In Hebrews 10:38 we read, “But the just (righteous) will live by faith, and if he shrinks (draws) back, I will take no pleasure in him.”
It is not a matter of mere words but the daily walking in love and truth of the Lord’s words giving us the knowledge of knowing who we are in him. “...for the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes (intents) of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Heb. 4:12-13)
To obey to the best of our ability is an exciting life journey because there is no graduation point, and we can always do better because each step is saying to the Lord, “I love you.” It is exciting to know what he has done for us and that we are going to live forever. Eternal life awaits for all who truly believe, accepting the atoning sacrifice of the Lord, repenting of sin (missing the mark) and the knowing of being truly loved. It is in the continual learning and growing that enables us to stay on the narrow path of righteousness. Our actions, our walk of faith, is not a burden but rather a life process to see things as God sees them.
Obeying the Lord is for our personal benefit, our well being. It shows the Lord how much we honor and love him. To know God is to be in a state of intimacy that brings upon us a desire to do good to others and walk in the footsteps of Messiah because we are filled with love, the God love of joy and blessings. Knowing that he made us righteous and gave us the ability to continue our lives in living righteously is not a burden but a privilege.
Righteousness is not an abstract idea of justice or personal virtue, but of a right standing and right behavior in a community and before God. The semantic field in English uses two different roots, right and just; righteous and justification. These two ideas of righteousness and justification both in Hebrew and Greek belong together. God knows our human condition and that we cannot do it on our own.
The Holy Scriptures standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word. God’s laws, as given in the Bible, describe his own character and constitute the way in which he measures human righteousness.
That may seem a bit overwhelming, but we are not alone. How can we be righteous on our own? We cannot, for if we think it is all on us, then we will suffer from self-righteousness. But in him we have our being, our life, our righteousness in obedience because we love our Lord.
No matter what comes in life, we can be safe and secure in the knowing that we are so loved by God that he will never leave us nor forsake us. He made us righteous and invites us to seek righteousness with him, for it is an ongoing process. Romans 6:18 “Being then made free from sin, ye became the slaves (servants) of righteousness.”
Let us step into the truth of his love daily, joyfully walking upon the path of righteousness.
Blessings and Shalom