Challenge Word 4: Righteous
God’s Attribute: Jeremiah 23:6 “. . . This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.” (Jehovah-Tsidkenu)
How does this affect my daily life? R.C. Sproul says “The struggle we have with a Holy God is rooted in the conflict between God’s righteousness and our unrighteousness. He is just, and we are unjust.” Because of our sin nature, we can never be good enough for God. Nothing we do will ever be good enough. God is perfect in His Holiness, and we will never meet His standard. That’s the bad news. But there is good news to come!
Job 4:17 “Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than His Maker?”
Ecclesiastes 7:20 “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.”
Daniel 9:14 “. . .for the Lord our God is righteous in everything He does; yet we have not obeyed Him.”
But the good news is that in His grace, He offers us righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:24) Righteousness is a right relationship or a right standing with God then conforming to His character and living in obedience to Him. He judges sin but because of Christ’s death on the Cross on our behalf, He suffered the punishment we deserve.
Do you ever compare yourself to your neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, aquaintence, etc.? Do you want what they have? Or are you full of pride and self-righteousness? Well, God does not want us to compare ourselves to others, and we are not to be prideful. He is our only standard of righteouness. Loving, pleasing, and obeying God should be our first priority! (Matthew 5:6) Over the days and weeks ahead, I challenge you to take one sinful thing in your life and replace it with something good. Pray about it. What does God want you to remove? As believers, our character should mature as we grow in Christ.
For my page this week, I used the new Unity release Saved. It is a gorgeous cross stamp. I chose to break the image up into inchies because we are “broken” without Him. In Him, He will clothe us in His Righteousness! And the papers are from October Afternoon. I was inspired by a card by Bonnie Sharp. She used some October Afternoon papers for her card, so I had to pull out my paper and play with it too! Thanks Bonnie!
The scriptures I chose were:
Ezra 9:15a “Oh Lord, God of Israel, you are Righteous!”
Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.”
Psalm 145:17 “The Lord is righteous is all His ways and loving toward all He has made.”