3D Devotional 8.19.2019

August 19, 2019   Define Righteousness    Various Scripture
How do you define – Righteousness?      This big word is used hundreds of times. The Bible says that God loves righteousness and that God is righteous. It says that one day God is going to judge the world in righteousness.   Psalm 23 says that God leads us in the paths of righteousness.  Today we will explore what this word means:
According to my favorite biblical author Rick Warren, he says it is the combination of two things. Righteousness is a relationship and a lifestyle.
Righteousness simply means being right with God. The Good News is that God made us right with himself through Jesus’ death as a payment for our sins. Because of Jesus’ death, we can have a personal relationship with God.
Romans 1:17 (NLT) - 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
Righteousness is also a lifestyle. It means living right as God intends. So why should you care about being right with God? Because being right with God is the only way to live, and it’s the only way to heaven.
1 John 2:28-29 (NLT) – “28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
29 Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.

Rick Warren says Righteous is important to you for 3 simple reasons:      
1. When you are disconnected from God, you’re not really living; you just exist. Most people in the world aren’t really fully alive. They just exist, trying to make it to the weekend.
2. Life is not about the acquisition of things or the achievement of goals. Life is about getting to know God—the one who loves you and made you for a purpose. You’re not really living until you’re right with God and have a relationship with him.
3. Righteousness is also the way you get to heaven. God created heaven as a place for his children whom he loves, and he wants you to be with him forever. He wants you to be in heaven, but he’s not going to force you to go to heaven.  Remember when your life on earth is done, you will not have a second chance to choose where you spend eternity.

Ask yourself:   If being righteous can improve your life here on earth and for eternity, why not?
Mark Condra
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