Monday, February 25, 2013

His righteousness

What is His righteousness?

2 Corinthians 9:10 (NKJV) Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.

Most people now days would say God's righteousness would be to adhere to the Ten Commandments. Even in the church many believe that to be righteous, one must not smoke, drink, or cuss. I am not taking anything away from the fact that it is better not to smoke drink and cuss; it just does not define righteousness.

The Bible says in James 2:8, "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself,"" It also tells us in Galatians 5:18, "But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law." This law is the Ten Commandments. As a New Testament believer, I am God's royal priesthood (1 Pe. 2:9). I consider my law to be the royal law we learn about in James.

Galatians 5:14 says, "For all the law [royal law] is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  The Royal law hangs on love. This means loving God, loving my neighbor, and loving myself.

The Scripture at the top of this post says, "May God increase the fruits of your righteousness". The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth). Then in Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) we read, "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"  The fruit of the Spirit is righteousness.

I want to display righteousness. I ask God to continually increase love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control---in me and through me. When I display this fruit, I display God. I want people to sense the presence of God when they come near me. I want it to bring God glory. I do not care if they smoke, drink, and cuss.

Bring God into your presence. Pray for Him to multiply your righteousness.

Be Blessed.

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