Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo Devotional 28th July – You Can Live Right

(Righteousness Makes You Live Right)

TO THE BIBLE Romans 4:3
“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.””

As Christians, we received God’s divine righteousness as a gift: “…those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).

However, some Christians haven’t quite understood the concept of righteousness. They still look at the righteousness of God from its result rather than its source; right living is the result of righteousness; right living isn’t righteousness.

Many think that if they could live right, then they’ll be made the righteousness of God. It’s not so; it’s the reverse! You’d have to first believe in Jesus Christ and have the gift of righteousness imparted to your spirit before you’d be able to live right. You could never be righteous by living right. How could you live out what you don’t have?

It’s like expecting someone who isn’t born again to walk in love; that’s not going to work. Two things you can’t do until you have Christ in you: first, you can’t walk in love; secondly, you can’t live right.

You must have Christ, whom the Bible says is made to us righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30), to live right. Until you’re righteous, God doesn’t expect you to produce righteousness; He’ll be remiss to ask you to do what you couldn’t do.

That’s the reason He imparts righteousness to you as a gift, knowing that once you become righteous, you can live righteously; your life becomes the manifestation of His goodness, glory, grace and love. All of these and other divine attributes will be evident in your life as you live out the Word.

Go Deeper
Romans 1:16-17; Romans 14:17

I’m the manifestation and expression of God’s righteousness, the proof of His equity, glory and grace! So I’m excited about my new life in Christ: it’s a life of dominion, love, excellence and power through righteousness. Hallelujah!

Daily Bible Reading
Romans 3:1-31, Psalms 42-44
Ephesians 4:1-10, Isaiah 48

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