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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Being Right With God Is About A Relationship And A Lifestyle

In review of Romans 1:17 it says, The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself—that it begins and ends with faith. As the Scripture says, “But those who are right with God will live by faith.”

Bottom Line:
The Good News shows how God puts people right with himself, it begins and ends with faith. As the Scriptures say, those who are right with God will live by faith.

What this means to me:
The Good News shows me how God makes me right with him. It starts and ends with my faith. His word tells me that it is through faith that a righteous person has life.

What does it mean to be righteous? This term is used a lot in scripture. 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.

Rick Warren boils down the definition of righteousness to two words, a relationship and a lifestyle.

What I’m learning is that righteousness simply means being right with God. Romans 1:17a says, “The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself” (NCV). The Good News is that God made us right with himself through Jesus’ death as a payment for our sins. Because of Jesus’ death, I can now have a personal relationship with God.

Righteousness is also a lifestyle. It means living right as God intends. The Bible says in 1 John 2:29, “All who practice righteousness are God’s true children” (MSG).

What I’m learning is that life is not about the acquisition of things or the achievement of goals. Rather, life is about getting to know God, the one who loves and made me for a purpose. I’m not really living until I’m right with God and have a relationship with him.

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