MONDAY 1ST JUNE, 2020
THEME: Offer Yourself To Righteousness
PASSAGE: Romans 6: 11-22
HYMN: MHB 631 WALK in the Light; so shalt thou know
MEMORY VERSE: Romans 6:19 “I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification”.
God righteousness certainly means that everything God does is right. Unlike we humans, He is righteous in all He says. It is one of His attributes. Psalm 7:11a says “God is a righteous judge. “This means that God is just, lawful, correct, observing divine laws, upright, faultless, innocent, and guiltless. No human being has all of these attributes inherent in him. We can do things that are upright and observe some divine laws but not being able to obey all of them.
Jesus tells us that, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48), and says further that “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:20).
Remember the Pharisees fasted weekly, they tithed to the tiniest amount. They were strict students of the scriptures. They studied them and lived by a stricter standard than Christians do today. How can we ever be perfect, holy, and have exceeding righteousness before God in this world?
For a person to be righteous, he or she needs to repent of his/her sins, confess all sins to God, and put his/her trust in Christ. You can never become acceptable to God until you are born again. When someone repents and trusts in Christ, he/she then has the power of the Holy Spirit in him/her and this enables him/her to live a righteous life.
In Romans 6:11 Paul argued that as Christians, because of our union and identification with Christ, we are no longer obligated to carry out those old motives, desires and goals of the flesh. Let us consider ourselves to be what God has made us to be. Therefore, sin cannot rule over us again. We are dead to sin and alive in Christ. We are no longer under the law but under the grace of Christ which does not permit sin but righteousness in the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER: My Lord and God, give me the grace to live above sin that anywhere I am found, people will see me as an instrument of righteousness in Jesus’ name. Amen
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