BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:37

Virtues of the Kingdom of God: Righteousness

As we daily pray, let your kingdom come, let us consider another trait of the kingdom that we pray to promote. Righteousness is very much like holiness – which is practiced daily. You can be considered righteous if you remain holy regardless of circumstances and your heart and life are conformed to God’s laws. Righteousness includes all that we call justice, honesty, high morals, virtue, freedom from sin or guilt. The very same way as holiness, we cannot attain or become righteous on our own.

The Bible says that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rag (Is64:6) with which by no means we can impress God. Jesus is the only one that can make me righteous. Yet there is something that God will not do for us, something that everyone must do for them self – Believe Jesus, have faith in His word, esteem it high and surrender to His will – not altering to suit your own interest or agenda. Faith in Jesus and a surrendered life is the very soil where righteousness grows, brings fruit and advances thekingdom ofGod. If you have experienced this, you can say amen with me!

Faith in Jesus and His holy blood is the only mean that can justify me on that last day when we will be held accountable for our lives. Jesus is the only source that enables me to live righteously here on earth. If you don’t have Jesus, and have never experienced His forgiveness and justification – you have no hope in this life. I challenge you to submit your life to the divine will of God so you can enjoy the righteousness that God has for you.

It is likened to the white robes that only those who believe in Jesus, those who were washed by the blood of Jesus – will wear the white robes of His righteousness. For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Rev19:7-8.  What’s more – they will receive the crown of life that will honor them for eternity.  Surrender your heart to Jesus. Renounce all sins that you have practiced- repent of them. Receive the righteousness from the hands that were nailed for you on the cross.

And when you pray next time, “let your kingdom come,” sincerely desire for righteousness to grow in your life, to have practical overflow in your daily life. Let Jesus rule your life and may His word guide you what to say and when, how to spend your time, how to dress, or what to do and how to do it for His glory. My desire is that we all grow in righteousness and promote the kingdom that sooner or later will be the only kingdom around! Will you be part of it?

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